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North Koreans chant slogans and gesture to show their determination near giant portraits of the late leaders Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il during a mass rally organized to celebrate the success of a rocket launch that sent a satellite into space, on Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea was formed in September 1948 three years after the Korean Peninsula was divided and administered by the victors of the Second World War, The United States and The Soviet Union. It is ruled by Kim Jong-un, son of former leader Kim Jong-il (1941-2011) and grandson of North Korean founding leader Kin Il-sung (1912-1994).

Timeline: Key events on Korean peninsula since end of the Second World War

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