How happy are North Koreans? Specialists talk culture

How happy are North Koreans? Specialists talk culture

North Koreans have undergone a substantial shift on the home front in recent years: a new leader, a stabilizing economy and increasing knowledge of the outside world. In part nine of the NK News …

December 19th, 2014
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Three-year anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death important milestone

Three-year anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death important milestone

The third anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death, December 17, 2014, may very well turn out to be the most significant one historically in terms of North Korea’s leadership structure and policy trajec…

December 17th, 2014
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Bright lights, not human rights: Why North Koreans envy their neighbors

Bright lights, not human rights: Why North Koreans envy their neighbors

Every week we ask a North Korean your questions, giving you the chance to learn more about the country we know so little about. This week Chris M. in the USA asks: What do people in remote areas…

December 16th, 2014
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The diminishing role of Soviet help in Pyongyang propaganda

The diminishing role of Soviet help in Pyongyang propaganda

As we know, the North Korea was created as a result of the Soviet-Japanese War, after the USSR declared war on the Empire of Japan in August 1945 and, according its agreement with other Allies, occupi…

December 15th, 2014
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KPA Navy flag ship undergoing radical modernization

KPA Navy flag ship undergoing radical modernization

The Korean People's Army Navy is often said to be rich in numbers, yet operating only old barges left over from the Cold War. This stereotype is reinforced by naval exercises displaying outdated equip…

December 15th, 2014
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The party’s 10 principles, then and now

The party’s 10 principles, then and now

Even in such a country as North Korea the state ideology is not idle. It does change, although quite slowly and usually only small details are altered. Sometimes it is not so easy to find them, but th…

December 11th, 2014
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North Korea appoints new air force commander

North Korea appoints new air force commander

North Korea has appointed a new officer, Choe Yong Ho, as commander of the Korean People’s Army Air and Anti-Air Force, a Rodong Sinmun report revealed Monday. Choe, a lieutenant general, replace…

December 10th, 2014
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Reunification in our lifetimes? The future of the Korean peninsula

Reunification in our lifetimes? The future of the Korean peninsula

Experts aren’t expecting a reunification scenario on the Korean Peninsula any time soon, but when it does it won’t be peaceful. A panel of long-time observers of inter-Korean relations told NK …

December 10th, 2014
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Change is in the air in North Korea

Change is in the air in North Korea

Recent news leaves little room for doubt: the Kim Jong Un government is far more serious about reforms than I, or indeed most observers expected. According to recent reports, from next year, the North…

December 9th, 2014
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November: Military and diplomatic focus, status of Kim’s family

November: Military and diplomatic focus, status of Kim’s family

November marked somewhat of a return to normalcy for North Korean leadership activity. This was the first full month since Kim’s reappearance in October after a lengthy absence. November also featur…

December 8th, 2014
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China exports shotgun ammo to North Korea without notifying UN

China exports shotgun ammo to North Korea without notifying UN

China exported small arms ammunition to North Korea in 2012 and 2014, without informing the UN Security Council as required by UN Resolution 1874, NK News has learned. While current UN sanctions do…

December 4th, 2014
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The art of the demonstration in North Korea

The art of the demonstration in North Korea

North Korea is well-known for its huge productions in the form of rallies and parades celebrating and promoting important current and historical events. Chris Springer, author of Pyongyang: The Hid…

December 3rd, 2014
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Defector: Why balloons stand no chance of changing North Korea

Defector: Why balloons stand no chance of changing North Korea

Every week we ask a North Korean your questions, giving you the chance to learn more about the country we know so little about. This week Robert Lawson in Canada asks: When you lived in North Ko…

December 2nd, 2014
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North Korea News - Join the team

North Korea News - Join the team

NK News is an independent, privately owned specialist news and information site that focuses exclusively on North Korea. We have no affiliation to any political organization or country and are 100%…

December 2nd, 2014
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The first party conference and purge of ’58

The first party conference and purge of ’58

There is an event in North Korean history you have probably not heard much about. In March 1958, the delegates from the Worker’s Party of Korea (WPK) converged on Pyongyang for what was to be the Fi…

December 2nd, 2014
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