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PYONGYANG, September 20 (KCNA) -- The Sinuiju Special Administrative Region has come into being according to a decree of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly adopted the Basic Law of the Sinuiju Special Administrative Region on September 12, 2002.
The law consists of six chapters (government, economy, culture, fundamental rights and duties of residents, structure and emblem and flag of the region) and a total of 101 articles.
The region shall use not only the emblem and flag of the DPRK but also its own emblem and flag and the order of their use shall be established by the region.
The region shall apply no other laws but the DPRK laws concerning
nationality, emblem, flag, anthem, capital, territorial waters, territorial
air space and national security.
Arnaud Leroy, 12 November 2002
I have got a fax from the North Korean embassy (cultural attaché) answering my request for more info on this flag. According to this fax the flower is a "Magnolia", the North Korean national flower.
This article reports on the adoption (in 1991) of the national flower.
Obviously, the actual species is called Magnolia sieboldii.
Marcus Schmöger, 6 December 2002