Human rights in North Korea: Are they actually improving?

Human rights in North Korea: Are they actually improving?

Could human rights be improving in North Korea, a country long viewed as ranking among the worst of the worst when it comes to human rights abuses? From the unprecedented nature of North Korean dip…

October 30th, 2014
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Shinn: South Korea must work toward unification

Shinn: South Korea must work toward unification

South Korean discourse on unification gained new energy earlier this year when President Park Geun-hye called unification a “jackpot" (daebak). While unification has never been far from the heart…

October 29th, 2014
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Interview: DPRK artists come to the UK for fine art exhibition

Interview: DPRK artists come to the UK for fine art exhibition

The Mansudae Art Studio in Pyongyang is the DPRK's premier art production center and is responsible for the majority of artworks seen throughout the country, from scenic oil paintings to the country's…

October 29th, 2014
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North Korean diplomats and the illegal ivory trade

North Korean diplomats and the illegal ivory trade

During the Cold War, Africa occupied a unique place in the North Korean consciousness, as it was a battleground with South Korea for votes in the United Nations, followers of its Juche ideology, and t…

October 28th, 2014
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North has capability to miniaturize nuclear device – USFK commander

North has capability to miniaturize nuclear device – USFK commander

Curtis Scaparrotti, commanding general of United States Forces Korea (USFK), believes that North Korea has the technical capability to miniaturize a nuclear weapon so that it could be used as a warhea…

October 27th, 2014
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Inside a North Korean mobile app

Inside a North Korean mobile app

A South Korean technology expert has looked into mobile game apps made by a North Korean programmer to see what kind of programs he or she used, and how far North Korea's mobile app-making skills have…

October 26th, 2014
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Liberation from the present

Liberation from the present

According to the North Korean domestic press, the latest assault of American imperialism is on time itself. In several fiery diatribes made during the past few months, the North Korean regime uses the…

October 24th, 2014
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The Islamic State's North Korean arms

The Islamic State's North Korean arms

Keep calm: The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is probably not buying weapons from North Korea. In recent weeks, several sources have identified North Korean small arms and light weapons in the h…

October 24th, 2014
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All change: North Korean ships reshuffle their identities

All change: North Korean ships reshuffle their identities

More than thirty members of the fleet visible on the NK News vessel tracker changed important vessel identifiers since the start of the year, according to data from Marine Traffic. The DPRK ships…

October 21st, 2014
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North Korea’s nuclear weapons: Will it ever use them?

North Korea’s nuclear weapons: Will it ever use them?

This week 20 years ago the Agreed Framework between the United States and North Korea was signed, which suspended Pyongyang’s nuclear program in exchange for aid from Washington. This deal, howev…

October 21st, 2014
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From Military-First to Sports-First?

From Military-First to Sports-First?

While sports fans across Asia were tuning in to the end of the 2014 Asian Games in South Korea, the international media was in a frenzy: where was North Korean leader Kim Jong Un? Among the rumors swi…

October 20th, 2014
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N. Korea pressures U.S. on soldiers' remains

N. Korea pressures U.S. on soldiers' remains

“...[The] remains of at least 7 800 GIs reported missing during the past Korean war now look like no better than stones as land rezoning and other gigantic nature-remaking projects made progress in …

October 17th, 2014
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Preventing violence in a post-Kim North

Preventing violence in a post-Kim North

How would Kim Jong Un’s removal from power affect the likelihood of North Korean violence against the United States or South Korea, and what might be done to prevent such violence? This should be…

October 17th, 2014
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Tourism in North Korea: What the agents think

Tourism in North Korea: What the agents think

Tourism to North Korea is a contentious issue, often caught in the larger debate about DPRK engagement or isolation. On the one hand, proponents argue that traveling to the country can offer some part…

October 16th, 2014
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How Yanbian became a meeting place for both Koreas

How Yanbian became a meeting place for both Koreas

The early 1990s can be seen as a turning point in the history of the Yanbian area in general and its relations with North Korea in particular. Many different, if somewhat related, events produced thes…

October 16th, 2014
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