TRANSPORTATION AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Transportation: Reconstruction of system destroyed
during Korean War complete, but lags behind economic needs.
Railroads: Total railroad network as of 1990
approximately 5,000 kilometers (8,500 kilometers claimed),
primarily along east and west coasts. Almost 3,200 kilometers
electrified; more being electrified and built.
Roads: Road network estimated between 23,000 and 30,000
kilometers (75,500 kilometers claimed) in 1990, almost all
gravel, crushed stone, or dirt; remainder paved.
Ports: Port facilities at Ch'ngjin, Haeju, Hamh ng,
H ngnam, Najin, Namp'o, Sonbong, Songnim, and Wnsan.
Civil Aviation: Approximately fifty-five airports, all
usable; about thirty permanent surface runways; less than five
runways over 3,659 meters. International airport at Sunan, north
Telecommunications: Domestic and international
communications controlled through Propaganda and Agitation
Department of Korean Workers' Party. Radio service from
approximately two dozen AM and ten FM government-controlled
stations in 1993; nearly all households have access to broadcasts
from radios or public loudspeakers. Television transmission
widespread; eleven television stations. Wide range of official
Data as of June 1993