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TLD typeCountry code top-level domain
RegistryStar Joint Venture
SponsorStar Joint Venture (Korea Computer Center)
Intended useEntities connected with North Korea
Actual useUsed mainly by government
Registered domains28 (As of 22 April 2017)[1]
Registration restrictionsMust be a company, organization, or government entity based in North Korea
StructureNames can be registered directly at the second level, or at the third level within generic second-level domains
Registry websiteRegistry website address published on IANA Delegation Record is No longer accessible
(Archive page)

.kp is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for North Korea; it was created on 24 September 2007.[2]


North Korea applied for the .kp Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) in 2004. ICANN, however, refused because North Korea did not meet some of the requirements. Another attempt was made via Korea Computer Center (KCC) Europe in 2006. Later, the main body of KCC and the North Korean Ambassador to the United Nations petitioned ICANN again. They were refused again for providing insufficient information. A new application was sent in January 2007 and an ICANN delegation visited the country in May. This time ICANN agreed to assign .kp to North Korea.[3]

One of the first organizations to adopt a .kp domain was the Korean Central News Agency in 2009.[4]

Previously, the .kp domain was managed by Korea Computer Center (KCC) Europe. A large number of .kp websites were also hosted by KCC Europe in Germany. However, in 2011, management was transferred to the Pyongyang-based Star Joint Venture.[5]

Second-level domains[edit]

Neither the North Korea government agencies nor the central registry have published the second-level domain registration rules. However, according to the using practices shown by the currently existing and accessible North Korea domains and websites, while regarding the worldwide country-code second-level domain distribution rules, the second-level domain rules in North Korea can be interpreted as below.

  • aca.kp : Academic and research institutes
  • com.kp : Generally commercial organizations and sometimes government propaganda agencies as well
  • edu.kp : Institutions of higher education
  • law.kp : Legal firms
  • org.kp : Industrial associations, civil organizations, and public funds
  • gov.kp : Government departments
  • rep.kp : the Party's propaganda agencies
  • net.kp : Internet service providers and email service providers
  • sca.kp : Affiliated institutes under the Ministry of Culture

The following are externally accessible domain name examples of the use of second-level domain names:

Existing and externally accessible domain list[edit]

As of 2017, at least nine .kp top level domains[6] and more than 30 domains are accessible to the global Internet. These are as follows:[7]

Some .kp addresses are used by the North Korean Intranet only.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Coldewey, Devin (20 September 2016). "North Korea accidentally lets slip all its .KP domains — and there aren't many". TechCrunch. Retrieved 21 September 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Preliminary Report for Special Meeting of the ICANN Board of Directors". 11 September 2007.
  3. ^ Seliger, Bernhard; Schmidt, Stefan (2010). The Hermit Kingdom Goes Online: Information Technology, Internet Use and Communication Policy in North Korea. Jefferson: McFarland. p. 9. ISBN 978-1-4766-1770-1.
  4. ^ Hoare, James E. (2012). "Korean Central News Agency (KCNA)". Historical Dictionary of Democratic People's Republic of Korea. London: Scarecrow Press. p. 231. ISBN 978-0-8108-7987-4.
  5. ^ ".kp domain assigned to Star JV". North Korea Tech. 3 May 2011.
  6. ^ "North Korea’s DNS files reveal few Internet websites". North Korea Tech. September 2016.
  7. ^ Bryant, Matthew (21 September 2016). "NorthKoreaDNSLeak". GitHub. TL;DR Project. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  8. ^ Williams, Martyn (13 September 2017). "North Korean cultural websites". North Korea Tech. Retrieved 21 September 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Williams, Martyn (9 August 2018). "Kim Chaek University of Technology launches Internet web site". North Korea Tech. Retrieved 11 September 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ Williams, Martyn (27 September 2018). "Manmusang website appears on the Internet". North Korea Tech. Retrieved 27 September 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ Williams, Martyn (13 September 2017). "North Korean government and NGO websites". North Korea Tech. Retrieved 21 September 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ Williams, Martyn (14 September 2017). "The Pyongyang Times has a new address". North Korea Tech. Retrieved 16 September 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ Williams, Martyn (19 July 2017). "North Korea's tourism agency is online". North Korea Tech. Retrieved 30 July 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ Kyungmin Ko; Seungkwon Jang; Heejin Lee (2008). ".kp North Korea". Digital Review of Asia Pacific 2007/2008. IDRC. p. 246. ISBN 978-0-7619-3674-9.

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