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For Korea, the end of World War II brought liberation from decades of Japanese colonial rule and division across the 38th parallel between north and south. Rival states soon formed around the support of Soviet Union in the north and United States in the south. The Democratic People's Republic of Korea ('DPRK' or 'North Korea') was formally established on September 9th 1948. Today the country remains on its own political course, pursuing a twin policy of self-reliant economic development and self-defence. Society increased access to services and goods (both foreign and domestic), changing the way people go about their lives in North Korea.
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