|TLD type||Country code top-level domain|
|Registry||Star Joint Venture|
|Sponsor||Star Joint Venture (Korea Computer Center)|
Entities connected with|
|Actual use||Used mainly by government|
|Registered domains||9 (As of 22 April 2017)|
|Registration restrictions||Must be a company, organization, or government entity based in North Korea|
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.
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.
Domains and subdomains
- Communications in North Korea
- Internet censorship in North Korea
- Internet in North Korea
- List of North Korean websites banned in South Korea
- List of North Korea-related topics
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