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image by David Martucci, adapted by Ivan Sache
Kim Il Sung founded the Korean Worker's Party, the ruling political
organization of the nation. The Party flag is red bearing the party emblem
consisting of three crossed instruments--a hammer for the workers, a hoe for
the peasants and a brush for the intellectuals.
David Martucci, 28 Sep 1999
As mentioned, the flag of the KWP has the yellow symbol either in the
canton or centered. But I've found that it depends on who is displaying the
flag and how it is being displayed. When displayed vertically draped from a
building, the symbol is centered. When carried in parade by military units,
the symbol is in the canton.
Randy Young, 09 Feb 2005
A little different version of this flag can be seen in this article.
Valentin Poposki, 14 Jul 2006
This image of a North Korean propaganda poster shows three well known flags:
party, national, and army (obverse)
— however two of them in seemingly variant depictions:
The party flag seems to be colored in a shade of red slightly darken than the national flag. (Maybe nothing but the artist’s attempt to avoid it disappearing against the background?) The Army flag (obverse) shows yellow writings on the blue stripes (very relevant variant) and golden fringe (probably irrelevant).
António Martins-Tuválkin, 02 August 2010
While watching the laying in state of the former DPRK leader Kim Jong-il, I noticed a few things with relations to flags of the DPRK. The first instance is that the flag of the Korean Workers' Party has the emblem in the upper hoist, like the Soviet flag. It is a lot smaller than [the versions shown above], but I am not certain if this is official practice or was just used for this funerary display.
Zachary Harden, 26 Dec 2011
(Reuters story) (photo) is an unusually
close-up shot of the NK Party flag, in unquestionably official use on
1/1/2013 (Leader's New Year's speech).
Here's another shot of the 1/1/13 speech, showing not only the national and party flags but also the Supreme Commander's flag, with the elaborated little ball adornments just as it appears in Željko Heimer's image. Here's the story: http://tinyurl.com/arcshar Here's just the picture (by AFP): http://tinyurl.com/a8lqwdl
David Phillips, 01 January 2013
It appears that the flag of the DPRK can be hoisted vertically, as shown in this photo taken outside Pyongyang Central Train Station. Also shown in this picture is a vertical hoisting of the flag of the Korean Workers' Party, which, it is worth noting, is not the only political party in People's Korea - also sitting in the Supreme People's Assembly in Pyongyang are the Chondoist Chongu Party and the Korean Social Democratic Party. (Whether or not these parties actually do anything is another matter.)
The Público newspaper published on 11 Feb 2005 a report about the
ongoing controversy about the North Korean nuclear potential. The article
itself, albeit quite lengthy, was devoid of vex content, but it came
illustrated by a photo of a military parade that was quite vexy.
image by Jaume Olle, 18 Sep 2009
In Oct 1946, the Korean Workers Party used a white flag with a red star over a red stripe.
Source: personal visit to North Korea by JAVA member Haruki Murata
Nozomi Kariyasu, 18 Sep 2009