North Korea opens up to crypto and blockchain with a new conference
North Korea opens up to crypto and blockchain with a new conference

North Korea opens up to crypto and blockchain with a new conference

By Adrian Zmudzinski - 21 Nov 2018

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A conference on crypto and blockchain will be held in North Korea during the week of the Pyongyang Blockchain Conference in April 2019.

According to the English Independent website, the event will be part of a week dedicated to foreign guests visiting the country. The cost of the complete package for the North Korean tour will be 3,300 Euros.

The North Korean government is already working to host some of the greatest experts in the crypto and blockchain fields. The interest in these technologies has been talked about for years, also due to the fact that North Korea is affected by international economic sanctions.

The website of the even states that the experts “will gather for the first time in Pyongyang to share their knowledge and vision, establish connections and discuss business opportunities“.

Being open, yes, but in a limited way

US citizens will be admitted to the event as opposed to those of South Korea, Israel and Japan.

Journalists and “mass printed propaganda or digital/printed material against the dignity of the Republic” will not be allowed.

Also interesting is the answer on the official website to the question: “Is it safe to attend the event?

The answer begins by stating that “the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea can be considered the safest country in the world“.

Less reassuring is the follow-up to the answer where it is specified that “you’ll be always welcome”, but only if “you have a basic common-sense and respect for the culture and belief of other nations“.

Among the curiosities of the conference, it is also reported that there is no roaming in North Korea and that for international calls you need to buy a special sim or “you can make use of the communications’ room in the hotel“.

Adrian Zmudzinski

Adrian is passionate about technology and Information Technology (IT). Adrian specialized in the analysis of tokens, the blockchain technology, and cryptocurrencies. His interest in Bitcoin dates back to 2009 and it rapidly transformed into a more general interest of the still arising cryptocurrency industry. His analyses are concerned mostly by the technological potential underlying the analyzed token.

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