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Nate Thayer

Nate Thayer is an award winning investigative journalist with 25 years of experience in Asia, specializing in conflict, intelligence, security, transnational crime. He has a noted expertise on Cambodia and a current focus on North Korea.

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All eyes on U.S. prisoner during Dennis Rodman visit to N. Korea

All eyes on U.S. prisoner during Dennis Rodman visit to N. Korea

Eccentric U.S. basketball star Dennis Rodman will arrive in North Korea today for a five day mission where all eyes are on the plight of detained American citizen Kenneth Bae, a prisoner who on Thursd…

September 3rd, 2013
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Dennis Rodman assumes U.S. envoy to North Korea’s rescue mission

Dennis Rodman assumes U.S. envoy to North Korea’s rescue mission

Former NBA legend Dennis Rodman will return to North Korea soon with a "promise" to gain the release of jailed American proselytizer Kenneth Bae, as Pyongyang abruptly rescinded an invitation Friday t…

August 30th, 2013
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Pyongyang Porn

Pyongyang Porn

Mhari Yi, who moved to Edinburgh to attend Napier University and stayed on to work, is excited as she embarks on a new side career as a budding author. She lived happily for ten years in Edinburgh wit…

August 23rd, 2013
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The odd tale of a lone Israeli spy and North Korea

The odd tale of a lone Israeli spy and North Korea

WASHINGTON D.C. – In the weeks after the mysterious Ryongchon train explosion that killed a dozen Syrian weapons scientists in North Korea on April 22, 2004, the Canadian Office of Foreign Affairs …

June 20th, 2013
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The violent consequences of the North Korea-Syria arms trade

The violent consequences of the North Korea-Syria arms trade

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The blast at the al-Safir facility in July 2007, killing Syrians, Iranians and at least three North Korean ballistic missile specialists, is just one occasion in which underover ope…

June 19th, 2013
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North Korea and Syrian chemical and missile programs

North Korea and Syrian chemical and missile programs

WASHINGTON D.C. - North Korean military experts are deployed on the frontlines of the war in Syria, providing key assistance to the Assad government’s chemical weapons and ballistic missile programs…

June 19th, 2013
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The front companies facilitating North Korean arms exports

The front companies facilitating North Korean arms exports

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Four years after an aircraft was seized in Bangkok with a cargo of illicit weapons being sent from North Korea to Iran, the UN and other governments have concluded an investigation …

May 30th, 2013
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Rodman to discuss Kenneth Bae with Kim Jong Un in August

Rodman to discuss Kenneth Bae with Kim Jong Un in August

WASHINGTON D.C. – Dennis Rodman said he has been in communication with Kim Jong Un trying to get jailed American Kenneth Bae released, the colorful basketball star told TMZ TV in a spontaneous inter…

May 11th, 2013
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White Power and apocalyptic cults: Pro-DPRK Americans revealed

White Power and apocalyptic cults: Pro-DPRK Americans revealed

WASHINGTON D.C. – In September 2003, John Paul Cupp, the 22 year old son of a fundamentalist Christian preacher from Indiana, received a message from the government of North Korea. “Upon the au…

May 6th, 2013
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25 Years of Slam Dunk Diplomacy

25 Years of Slam Dunk Diplomacy

Illustration by NK NEWS illustrator Cammy Smithwick NBA bad boy Dennis Rodman’s circus troupe delegation to North Korea was greeted by ridicule by most of the world. But does the Kim dynasty’s …

March 4th, 2013
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How Eccentric Dennis Rodman Was Welcomed Home in Pyongyang

How Eccentric Dennis Rodman Was Welcomed Home in Pyongyang

Today Dennis Rodman made world news by meeting with the North Korean leader to watch a basketball game together, marking the first time an American visiting the DPRK had personally met with Kim Jo…

February 28th, 2013
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Has Kim Jong Un Had Plastic Surgery? China Says: No Comment

Has Kim Jong Un Had Plastic Surgery? China Says: No Comment

In the wake of North Korean state media Thursday issuing vitriolic objections of the “sordid hackwork of rubbish media” who alleged their young dictator underwent plastic surgery to look like his …

January 24th, 2013
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