N. Korea watchers see little hope for long-term impact from WomenCross

N. Korea watchers see little hope for long-term impact from WomenCross

Now that the WomenCrossDMZ march is complete, North Korea watchers are largely skeptical about its impact, with even those of a less hawkish bent unconvinced of its long-term influence. The marcher…

May 25th, 2015
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South Korea and U.S. prepare to activate joint division

South Korea and U.S. prepare to activate joint division

The Republic of Korea (South Korea) and United States armies will stand-up a new, joint military formation this summer. The combined forces division, dubbed the “U.S.-ROK Combined Division” (or …

May 25th, 2015
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North-Korea-as-terror-sponsor debate continues with House bill

North-Korea-as-terror-sponsor debate continues with House bill

The U.S. House of Representatives is including a section in a draft of the National Defense Authorization Act that seemingly re-lists North Korea as “a state sponsor of terrorism.” This gained …

May 22nd, 2015
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Lights out in Pyongyang? North Korea’s energy crisis

Lights out in Pyongyang? North Korea’s energy crisis

North Korea is often associated with electricity shortages. A famous satellite picture comparing the two Koreas shows how brightly the lights to the South shine at night – and how dimly they do in P…

May 22nd, 2015
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Tourism to North Korea dropped 40% in 2014 - NK News survey

Tourism to North Korea dropped 40% in 2014 - NK News survey

Western tourism to North Korea dropped by 40 percent in 2014 due to fears of arbitrary arrest, the impact of harsh anti-Ebola measures and the cancellation of the Arirang Mass Games, an NK News surv…

May 21st, 2015
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The pro-N. Korea 'talk concert' should stop talking

The pro-N. Korea 'talk concert' should stop talking

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 James Kim from Seoul asks: I heard that two South Korean…

May 21st, 2015
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Document shows N. Korea's plan to lure Wonsan-Kumgang investment

Document shows N. Korea's plan to lure Wonsan-Kumgang investment

Specific plans to develop the Wonsan-Mount Kumgang district have been revealed, with NK News acquiring the original version of two documents, published by Wonsan Area Development Corporation, used fo…

May 20th, 2015
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North Korea in space: The prestigious frontier

North Korea in space: The prestigious frontier

North Korean media has increased coverage of its controversial space program, with a recent announcement of a newly built satellite control center signalling its intentions to continue launches in the…

May 20th, 2015
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The other North Korean famine

The other North Korean famine

The disastrous famine of the 1990s, known in the official North Korean parlance as the “Arduous March,” attracted a great deal of the international attention. However, this was not the first famin…

May 19th, 2015
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North Korea’s million man army: potential peacekeeping force?

North Korea’s million man army: potential peacekeeping force?

From the Islamic State’s surge in Syria and Iraq, to Boko Haram’s offensives in Nigeria, it is evident that a shortage of military power can contribute toward a significant rise in regional instab…

May 18th, 2015
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Banned from the industry: One agent's North Korea travel experience

Banned from the industry: One agent's North Korea travel experience

For Walter Keats, North Korea was far from the first out-of-the-way location he had taken tour groups to. A social anthropology graduate from Harvard, he began his travel industry career in China as t…

May 15th, 2015
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North Korea’s million man army: potential mercenary force?

North Korea’s million man army: potential mercenary force?

North Korea’s Korean People’s Army is one of the largest standing military forces in the world, believed to have more than 1 million active duty personnel. As a relatively isolated regime in need …

May 15th, 2015
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Reuniting families separated by Korean War

Reuniting families separated by Korean War

Since the Korean War ended in 1953, millions of people, including more than 100,000 Americans of Korean origin, have been separated and largely unable to contact their relatives in North Korea. Pyong…

May 14th, 2015
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Hyon Yong Chol: An execution and a message?

Hyon Yong Chol: An execution and a message?

If the South Korean National Intelligence Service (NIS) is to be believed, another high-level purge has just occurred in North Korea. Defense Minister Hyon Yong Chol was just executed for his lack of …

May 13th, 2015
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'Frack' North Korea with targeted information: Report

'Frack' North Korea with targeted information: Report

A new report by Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs provides recommendations for U.S. policymakers to pressure the North Korean government into changing from wit…

May 13th, 2015
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