How private finance took hold in North Korea

How private finance took hold in North Korea

It has become more or less commonplace to say that over the last two decades North Korea has undergone a dramatic transformation. This transformation is often described by observers as “marketizatio…

June 30th, 2015
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'Northern Limit Line' about more than past inter-Korean clash

'Northern Limit Line' about more than past inter-Korean clash

A recently released film has raised controversy in South Korean society and political circles, though this may be expected considering its subject material. Northern Limit Line (NLL), named for t…

June 29th, 2015
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North Korea's tale of two front pages

North Korea's tale of two front pages

On April 20, 1992 Kim Jong Il was promoted to his first military rank – that of marshal of the DPRK. The next day, on April 21, Rodong Sinmun published the government decree to this effect on the fi…

June 26th, 2015
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What's for dinner? The distinctive North Korean menu

What's for dinner? The distinctive North Korean menu

Communism and food have a complex relationship. Often coming to power in countries with rich culinary traditions and customs, Marxism-Leninism’s opposition to the “bourgeois decadence” of the…

June 26th, 2015
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Bang to rights! Pyongyang plays games – or rather doesn’t

Bang to rights! Pyongyang plays games – or rather doesn’t

Besides the honor of being a writer for NK News, I’m also an avid reader. Every day I eagerly await the arrival in my inbox of a fresh NK News Pro Morning Briefing. Hard as I constantly scour the me…

June 25th, 2015
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North Korea expands its oil tanker fleet

North Korea expands its oil tanker fleet

Improved ship-tracking coverage over North Korea’s west coast has allowed for the discovery of two new North Korea-linked oil tankers, one of which was apparently added to the DPRK’s fleet this ye…

June 24th, 2015
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No one is safe in Kim Jong Un’s court

No one is safe in Kim Jong Un’s court

Much speculation surrounds the fate of Hyon Yong Chol, the North Korean defense minister who was allegedly purged and executed in late April, but not immediately removed from all video footage. Howeve…

June 23rd, 2015
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The defector beat: The police who watch N. Koreans as they settle

The defector beat: The police who watch N. Koreans as they settle

When North Korean defectors arrive in South Korea, they are led to Hanawon, an organization under the Ministry of Unification dedicated to preparing them for their adjustment. When the course is co…

June 22nd, 2015
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Helping North Korean defectors without benefits

Helping North Korean defectors without benefits

Half-Chinese youth defectors have undergone isolation and exclusion in South Korean society, the founder of Durihana church and school told NK News. Chun Ki-won has been working at saving defectors…

June 19th, 2015
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Inside the Pyongyang Trade Fair: Chinese companies still dominate

Inside the Pyongyang Trade Fair: Chinese companies still dominate

North Korea is hardly visible from outer space due chronic power shortages, its population regularly encounters food shortages and international sanctions are designed to stop the sale of “luxury go…

June 19th, 2015
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The prized mushroom that may help fund Pyongyang

The prized mushroom that may help fund Pyongyang

It was early morning on May 12 when Japan’s finest came knocking. In coordinated raids by the police forces of the Kyoto, Kanagawa, Shimane and Yamaguchi prefectures, three portly middle aged and…

June 18th, 2015
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UN sanctions do not affect N. Korea's food, agriculture, trade - Newcomb

UN sanctions do not affect N. Korea's food, agriculture, trade - Newcomb

As North Korea has continued developing its weapons programs, so have sanctions against it grown in depth and complexity. Sanctions measures from the United Nations, autonomous sanctions and safeg…

June 17th, 2015
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Do North Koreans like K-pop?

Do North Koreans like K-pop?

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's question is: Do North Koreans listen to K-pop? Which K…

June 17th, 2015
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Interview: Was the 2000 inter-Korean summit worth it?

Interview: Was the 2000 inter-Korean summit worth it?

Fifteen years ago this month a historic event in the history of post-Cold War Korea took place: the first inter-Korean summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and South Korea’s then-Presiden…

June 16th, 2015
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North Korea’s new avenues for private trade

North Korea’s new avenues for private trade

Recent reports from North Korea indicate that private buses are increasingly prevalent not only on inter-city routes, but also locally as well. Taxi cabs are also increasingly common in North Korean c…

June 16th, 2015
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