Pyongyang Holds Science and Technology Book Fair

26 06 2008

SEOUL (Yonhap) — North Korea, which has limited channels to upgrade its science and technology due to its reclusiveness, held its annual international book fair for promoting exchanges of science and technology in late June.

The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on June 23 said the Sixth Pyongyang International Science and Technology Book Fair opened at the Three-Revolution Exhibition on the same day.

The North has depended upon foreign contribution of up-to-date books on science and technology, mainly from pro-Pyongyang Korean residents in Japan or the Goethe Research Institute of Germany.

Reflecting the importance of the event, officials led by Choe Thae-bok, secretary of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party, and scientists and technologists attended the ceremony alongside delegations of different countries, the KCNA said.

Mun Jae-chol, acting chairman of the Korean Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries, said at the opening ceremony that the fair would contribute to promoting mutual understanding, trust, friendship and cooperation among countries and nations.

Participants examined advanced science and technology books and materials displayed by the DPRK (North Korea), China, Russia, Germany, Mongolia, Indonesia, Poland, international organizations such as the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund and organizations of overseas compatriots, the KCNA added.

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