Archie Thompson gave the Australians an early lead, but the North Koreans started to dominate and deservedly equalised through Young-Hak An.
DPR threatened from distance, whereas the Socceroos were very disappointing throughout as neither could find the winner.
The Socceroos got off to the perfect start as Skipper Brett Emerton placed a cross on the head of Thompson, but North Korean ‘keeper Mong-Guk Ri saved wonderfully.
From the resulting corner the Australians took the lead as Mark Milligan’s header thumped off the upright, but Thompson was well placed tapping home the scraps after just four minutes.
The North Koreans started to control the proceedings with a lot of the ball in their attacking third, but it was the Socceroos who were creating the chances.
Emerton and Thompson linked up again just after the half-hour mark, but the Victory striker’s diving header was directed wide.
The North Koreans only really threatened from distance, but debutant goalkeeper Mat Ryan was up to the task continuing his fine domestic form.
Just after the hour DPR capitalised on their chances and possession as veteran midfielder Young-Hak An fired on the turn as a desperate Australian defence couldn’t clear off the line.
Tom Rogic replaced Richard Garcia shortly after the DPR goal and made an instant impact finding space and finding teammates out wide.
The Central Coast Mariner then ignited Australia’s late push for a winner, but the midfielder’s weak effort was easily saved.
With six minutes remaining a Rogic low cross was parried into the path of substitute Adam Taggart, although the Newcastle Jets forward couldn’t convert, before Emerton scooped his effort wide.
In stoppage-time one of Australia’s smallest players Matt McKay leapt highest, but the former Brisbane Roar Captain’s header was hit just over clipping the roof of the net.