2015 in North Korea

Events from the year 2015 in North Korea. The year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party of Korea.[1] The year was celebrated as the year of DPRK-Russia friendship.[2]





  • February 7 – North Korea test fires a new "ultra-precision" intelligent anti-ship missile which is to be deployed across its navy.[4]


  • March 2 – North Korea lifts restrictions on entry into the country imposed ostensibly to stop the spread of the Ebola virus.[5]
  • March 9 - A North Korean diplomat is caught smuggling $1.7M of gold bars into Bangladesh.[6][7]


  • August 15 – North Korea adopts UTC+08.30, or Pyongyang Standard Time to "eliminate Western imperialism". The time was previously used by both Koreas until the enactment of UTC+09.00 in 1961.





  1. ^ Leonid Petrov (28 August 2015). "Isolated Kim Relies on Old North Korea Tensions Playbook". Leonid Petrov's KOREA VISION. Archived from the original on 18 October 2015. Retrieved 2015-09-04.
  2. ^ "Year of DPRK-Russia Friendship Closes". naenara.com.kp. KCNA. 15 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  3. ^ "U.S. slaps more sanctions on North Korea after Sony hack". 2 January 2015. Archived from the original on 2 January 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  4. ^ "North Korea test-fires 'intelligent' anti-ship rocket: KCNA". Agence France Presse. 7 February 2015. Archived from the original on 8 February 2015.
  5. ^ "North Korea lifts four-month travel ban to prevent Ebola". Archived from the original on 2015-03-05.
  6. ^ Reuters (March 9, 2015). "Bangladesh: North Korean Diplomat, Found With Gold Stash, Is Expelled". New York Times. USA. Archived from the original on April 2, 2017. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
  7. ^ "Bangladesh seizes gold from North Korean diplomat". BBC. United Kingdom. March 6, 2015. Archived from the original on January 27, 2016. Retrieved March 22, 2017.

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