What N. Koreans think of S. Korean entertainment

What N. Koreans think of S. Korean entertainment

The last two decades have been a time in which South Korean movies and TV shows have spread across North Korea. Technically, South Korean videos have always been illegal in the realm of the Kim dynast…

September 1st, 2014
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Black market cash: The real value of N. Korean won

Black market cash: The real value of N. Korean won

That North Korea has a black market where families earn most of their money, and that the regime has learned to tolerate a certain degree of capitalist activity is well-documented. Less-discussed, …

September 1st, 2014
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N. Korea appoints former vice FM as ambassador to Russia

N. Korea appoints former vice FM as ambassador to Russia

Kim Hyong Jun has been appointed DPRK ambassador to Russia by decree of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly, the KCNA reported Thursday. Kim Hyong Jun, a career diplomat, has been a vi…

August 31st, 2014
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N. Korea conducts paratrooper training drill as UFG concludes

N. Korea conducts paratrooper training drill as UFG concludes

The North Korean military recently conducted a training exercise involving paratrooper units which was observed by Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un and publicized in state media on Thursday. Although the…

August 29th, 2014
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Why Seoul shrugs at U.S.-led missile defense

Why Seoul shrugs at U.S.-led missile defense

The United States wants South Korea as part of its missile defense network, one which could in theory serve as a deterrent to North Korean aggression. South Korea, so far at least, seems to have its o…

August 29th, 2014
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Mapped: North Korea's oil routes

Mapped: North Korea's oil routes

North Korea has stepped up oil imports from Russia with a growing fleet of tankers plying the country’s far eastern ports and terminals, NK News can reveal after a two-month investigation into the D…

August 28th, 2014
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What lies beneath: North Korea’s uranium deposits

What lies beneath: North Korea’s uranium deposits

“Remember that the DPRK has massive uranium deposits,” instructed a North Korean official during a recent visit to Pyongyang. The subject of natural uranium subsequently arose again during discuss…

August 28th, 2014
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Christian NGO behind North Korea surfing tour

Christian NGO behind North Korea surfing tour

Love North Korea Ministries (LNKM), a Christian NGO operating in North Korea, was behind the first ever "surf camp" tour of the country, LNKM director Gabe Segoine told NK News in an interview on Mond…

August 26th, 2014
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Where is North Korea’s cosa nostra?

Where is North Korea’s cosa nostra?

I am supposed to watch North Korean society and whenever possible, make sense of the trends and changes that I and other observers see. I do my best, but on occasion, I stumble across something that I…

August 26th, 2014
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North Korean documentary promotes Masikryong domestically

North Korean documentary promotes Masikryong domestically

Masikryong Ski Resort has recently featured on North Korean television in a documentary promoting the ski resort’s year-round activities to domestic residents and attract off-season guests. “A…

August 26th, 2014
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North Korea – by those who have lived there

North Korea – by those who have lived there

Having been lambasted in the pages of the Huffington Post and in somewhat more measured tones in the British House of Lords following my last essay on the British Council’s photographic exhibition,…

August 25th, 2014
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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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