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North Korea-made electronics gaining ground, says report

North Korea is making its own electronics, says a Japan-based media outlet.

By Elizabeth Shim
Business is booming for a North Korea technology firm, according to a report. Photo by kurhan/Shutterstock
Business is booming for a North Korea technology firm, according to a report. Photo by kurhan/Shutterstock

SEOUL, June 16 (UPI) -- North Korea-made electronics are gaining widespread popularity inside the reclusive country, according to a Japan-based news outlet.

The pro-Pyongyang news outlet Choson Sinbo claimed a North Korean firm was developing and producing electronics being sold to major North Korean universities. Products included a tablet-like computer with a detachable keyboard.

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Blue Sky Electronics develops, produces and sells an integrated computer for personal use, according to the news source, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported.

The factory where the computers are manufactured is located in Pyongyang, and the plant directly supplies North Korea's top universities.

The main buyers are Kim Il Sung University, Kim Chaek University of Technology and Li-kwa University, or the University of Natural Science. The end users include graduated researchers.

The Choson Sinbo claimed business is booming and orders were "piling up," and the firm's 29-year-old chief executive Choi Jin Hyok said his business strategy was to offer the "best quality, lowest price, and a wide range of products."

South Korean television network KBS recently reported North Korea was adopting phrases that were popular in the country immediately after the end of the Korean War that lasted between 1950 and 1953.

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The slogans "Pyongyang Mind" and "Pyongyang Speed" are enjoying resurgence under North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Construction in the city of Pyongyang is booming as a wave of new economic activity has taken hold across all sectors, including technology.

Blue Sky Electronics was one of the firms showcased at the 18th Pyongyang Spring International trade fair in May, according to KCNA.

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