France and North Korea

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Bilateral relations

France does not have diplomatic relations with North Korea. The missions of the French Cooperation Office, opened on 10 October 2011, are mainly humanitarian and cultural.

Trade between France and North Korea is virtually zero.

France is conducting two cooperation programmes in North Korea:

  • Promoting French: a French language assistant teaches at Kim Il-sung University and Pyongyang University of Foreign Languages. Short-term language courses are also held for North Korean French students and teachers;
  • Archaeological cooperation: France supports the programme established in 2003 between the French School of Asian Studies (EFEO) and the North Korea’s National Bureau for Cultural Properties Conservation, in the field of research, expertise and archaeological excavation on the site of Kaesong, former capital of the Koryo Kingdom (918-1392).

France contributes to helping the North Korean people through food and support for the two French NGOs that have been working in North Korea since the start of the millennium (Triangle Génération Humanitaire and Première Urgence Internationale) as well as to the World Food Programme (WFP). France also makes a significant contribution through the European Union (17% of the total budget).

Updated: 22 June 2018