|Flag of North Korea|
|Adopted||July 10, 1948|
The flag of North Korea consists of three horizontal bands of blue (top), red (triple width), and blue; the red band is edged in white; on the hoist side of the red band is a white disk with a red five-pointed star.
- The red stripe and star are symbols of the country's commitment to communism.
- The blue stands for a commitment to peace.
- The white stripes stand for purity, strength, and dignity.
The flag was introduced on July 10, 1948, two months before the Democratic People's Republic of Korea was proclaimed. Previously, however, the traditional Korean t'aegŭkflagof white with a central red-blue disk and four sets of black bars was official in North Korea. Like many other countries, North Korea has utilized its flag as an instrument of foreign policy; a huge version flies outside the small building at P'anmunjŏm where armistice negotiations were held.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Korea, North, flag of. (2009). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved March 14, 2009, from Encyclopædia Britannica Online
- ↑ North Korea at World Flag Database
- ↑ Flag of North Korea at CIA World Factbook