North will continue with rocket, missile launches – state media

North will continue with rocket, missile launches – state media

An editorial in North Korea’s state-run Pyongyang Times on August 15 boasted of the success of the country’s most recent missile test and quite clearly warned that further tests will be conducte…

August 21st, 2014
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North Korean dialect as a Soviet Russian translation

North Korean dialect as a Soviet Russian translation

Many of my English-language colleagues and friends complain that it is surprisingly difficult to translate North Korean language texts into English. The result, they say, often sounds highly artificia…

August 21st, 2014
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Tourist photos reveal Nampo's North Korean beach life

Tourist photos reveal Nampo's North Korean beach life

When Justin Ames went to North Korea as a Western tourist, he was expecting the drab, Stalinist, and isolated nation which many think of when they think of life in the DPRK. But in fascinating pict…

August 20th, 2014
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Meet Mr. Pak: North Korean entrepreneur

Meet Mr. Pak: North Korean entrepreneur

Let me introduce you to an acquaintance of mine, Mr. Pak (not his real name, of course). I have known him for a long time, and have even worked with him on a number of projects. I think many of you mi…

August 19th, 2014
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Chongryon school in Kawasaki struggles to survive financially

Chongryon school in Kawasaki struggles to survive financially

KAWASAKI, Japan – A pro-North Korea elementary school for Korean children in Kawasaki city, adjoining Tokyo, is struggling to survive financially due to a steep decline in students and the absence o…

August 18th, 2014
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Recent launches revealed as surface-to-surface missile

Recent launches revealed as surface-to-surface missile

North Korean state media on Friday published photographs of the country’s recent missile launch which show that the weapon was a surface-to-surface missile, specifically the KN-02, the North Korean …

August 16th, 2014
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North Koreans in the city: clash of work ethics

North Koreans in the city: clash of work ethics

When I arranged my first set of interviews with North Korean refugees in Seoul my supervisor warned me that North Koreans were prone to being late. Yet, I still was dumbfounded when one of my first re…

August 15th, 2014
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Technology meets human rights at N. Korea hackathon

Technology meets human rights at N. Korea hackathon

“Hack North Korea” took place in San Francisco on August 2-3, bringing together journalists, activists and hackers to address North Korea’s information blockade by placing the solution in the ha…

August 15th, 2014
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Oh: Aiding bottom-up marketization key to reform

Oh: Aiding bottom-up marketization key to reform

The role of the U.S. and South Korea is to incentivize the merger of bottom-up market changes and elites' questioning of the Kim leadership, said Kongdan Oh of the Council on Foreign Relations and its…

August 14th, 2014
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North Korean ship near Mexico impounded without proper insurance

North Korean ship near Mexico impounded without proper insurance

The North Korean freighter that ran aground on a reef near the Mexican port of Tuxpan last month didn’t have the legally required insurance to cover the environmental damage it caused, according to …

August 12th, 2014
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Losing face: Explaining Pyongyang’s currency change

Losing face: Explaining Pyongyang’s currency change

This week, North Korea’s central bank began replacing the country’s highest denomination currency unit: the 5,000 won. After paying visits to the Korean Central Bank to make their own exchanges, D…

August 12th, 2014
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Oh: Regional leaders show disjointed approaches to Korean reunification

Oh: Regional leaders show disjointed approaches to Korean reunification

Kim Jong Un is determined to produce nuclear weapons and all the international community can do is monitor and slow the process as much as possible, Kongdan Oh told NK News. Oh, a non-resident seni…

August 12th, 2014
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North Korea launch surfing tours on east coast

North Korea launch surfing tours on east coast

North Korea's tourism bureau, the Korea International Travel Company (KITC), is offering specialized surfing tours to the country’s east coast, according to both state media and independent tour c…

August 11th, 2014
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How North Korea attempted to sell itself to the outside world

How North Korea attempted to sell itself to the outside world

North Korea's approach to marketing itself to foreign visitors has often been contradictory, the product of competing bureaucracies and the changing whims of the leadership. As in many other fields, …

August 8th, 2014
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The Romanian designer imagining the future of North Korean branding

The Romanian designer imagining the future of North Korean branding

North Korea, it is safe to say, has an image and branding problem, and over the years has tried a variety of techniques to improve its image and sell itself to the outside world. And because of it…

August 8th, 2014
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