The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea, DPRK) was born after World War II. The Soviet Union occupied the northern half of the Korean peninsula in 1946 and began issuing Occupation stamps (Scott #1-13). In 1948 North Korea became a communist state and began issuing its own stamps, mostly imperforate or rouletted until mid-1955. North Korea’s stamps were embargoed 1950-99, when relations between DPR and the US improved. At that time, Mystic was granted permission by the Treasury Department to purchase stamps for sale to our collectors. North Korea stamps are embargoed again, and while we can sell our remaining stock, we cannot purchase more. North Korea’s stamps are a window into this isolated land.
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