On unification, South Korean Christians far from united

On unification, South Korean Christians far from united

Korea is not only divided between North and South, but also between left and right in the Southern part of the peninsula. Sometimes, this division cuts right down the church pew. "To prevent war…

July 31st, 2015
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Houthis may have fired North Korean missiles – South Korean intelligence

Houthis may have fired North Korean missiles – South Korean intelligence

At least some portion of the Scud missiles fired by the Yemen-based Houthis at Saudi Arabia may have been from North Korea, South Korea’s Yonhap News reported Wednesday, citing an unnamed South Kore…

July 31st, 2015
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Wonsan Airport nears completion, with potential for impact on tourism and economy

Wonsan Airport nears completion, with potential for impact on tourism and economy

North Korea’s Wonsan International Airport (also known as Kalma Airport) has been the site of a major construction and renovation project for the past two years. Though progress has not always been …

July 30th, 2015
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Elite defections may strengthen N. Korean regime, not weaken it

Elite defections may strengthen N. Korean regime, not weaken it

South Korean national news rumbles when high-ranking North Korean politicians or military officials flee the country. The news usually is followed by a slate of North Korea professionals who see …

July 30th, 2015
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The new isolation: Why N. Korea doesn't mind the friendlessness

The new isolation: Why N. Korea doesn't mind the friendlessness

The last year or so was the time when the North Korean diplomacy produced outbursts of activity in the areas it has seldom dealt with recently, but remained remarkably passive in dealing with its usua…

July 30th, 2015
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The marketization of N. Korean society

The marketization of N. Korean society

The following excerpt is taken from Hazel Smith, North Korea: Markets and Military Rule (Cambridge; Cambridge University Press, 2015), pp. 228-231 THE MARKETIZATION OF THE FAMILY Daily social an…

July 29th, 2015
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When 'peace' with North Korea hurts people

When 'peace' with North Korea hurts people

This the second of a two-part opinion series. For part one, click here. As the WomenCross DMZ Peace Symposium continued, Liberian Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee spoke about how a handful o…

July 29th, 2015
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Former inmate shows location of North Korean detention center

Former inmate shows location of North Korean detention center

Willem van der Bijl, a stamp collector from the Netherlands, was arrested and detained in North Korea in 2011. Though he has previously given interviews – including to NK News in 2012 – and talked…

July 29th, 2015
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Our (party's) wedding: Tying the knot in North Korea

Our (party's) wedding: Tying the knot in 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's question is: How is a wedding in South Korea different…

July 29th, 2015
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A new phase in North Korea's 'Pyongyang speed?'

A new phase in North Korea's 'Pyongyang speed?'

Korea Central Television introduced the construction status of the new residential apartment being built in Future Scientists Streets, Pyongyang earlier this week, potentially harkening a new era of …

July 28th, 2015
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WomenCross DMZ: Marching for peace, failing North Koreans

WomenCross DMZ: Marching for peace, failing North Koreans

Meaningful peace in Korea ultimately requires both freedom and justice. The WomenCross DMZ parade was a perfect demonstration of how peace treaty advocates disfigure both. The WomenCross DMZ approa…

July 24th, 2015
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North Korea stations artillery near Yeonpyeong-do

North Korea stations artillery near Yeonpyeong-do

North Korea has stationed an artillery battery on the island of Gal-do, South Korean media reported Wednesday, citing South Korean military sources. According to South Korean military authorities, …

July 23rd, 2015
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Iran deal leaves N. Korea alone in rogue states club

Iran deal leaves N. Korea alone in rogue states club

North Korea’s rejection of an Iran-style nuclear deal, as conveyed by a Foreign Ministry spokesman on July 21, came as no surprise. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is different fr…

July 22nd, 2015
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State of emergency: North Korea's ambulances

State of emergency: North Korea's ambulances

A 2014 photograph of a rusting medical vehicle driving through the streets of Pyongyang is the most recent in a series of images that shed light on a little reported facet of North Korea’s health s…

July 22nd, 2015
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Do North Koreans keep pets?

Do North Koreans keep pets?

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: Is it common for North Koreans to keep pe…

July 22nd, 2015
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