Is no news good news in North Korea?

Is no news good news 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 June Lee in the U.S. asks: In North Korea, is there any…

February 26th, 2015
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South Korea’s new unification minister: Big deal?

South Korea’s new unification minister: Big deal?

South Korea has a new Minister of Unification (MOU), or soon will have. President Park Geun-hye, whose ratings have fallen to 29 percent this year, carried out a mini-reshuffle last week. Picking p…

February 26th, 2015
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Songbun and the five castes of North Korea

Songbun and the five castes of North Korea

The most important element in the social structure of Kim Il Sung's North Korea was the infamous songbun system. This system was established in the late 1950s and came into full power somewhere around…

February 26th, 2015
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When divided Koreas meant box office bonanza

When divided Koreas meant box office bonanza

1998 to 2007 was an era of breakthroughs in inter-Korean relations, and this was reflected at the South Korean box office. Mount Geumgang tourism launched in 1998. The historic first inter-Korean s…

February 26th, 2015
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N. Korea tourism companies struggle through travel ban

N. Korea tourism companies struggle through travel ban

In late October, in an alleged effort to prevent the spread of Ebola, North Korea closed its borders and implemented a series of quarantine measures applied with very few exceptions. The measures i…

February 26th, 2015
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When North Korean women become brides in China

When North Korean women become brides in China

There is one fact, not widely realized by the outside world but nonetheless important when we talk about the steadily growing community of North Korean refugees in the South: Most of them are women. I…

February 25th, 2015
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The myth of a sealed China-N. Korea border

The myth of a sealed China-N. Korea border

More than one media outlet has included stories of border security on the rise between North Korea and China. Since the coming of the Kim Jong Un regime came a crackdown on defections, both from th…

February 25th, 2015
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Make your tourist photo in N. Korea a 'rare glimpse'

Make your tourist photo in N. Korea a 'rare glimpse'

Quick: Google the terms “rare glimpse North Korea.” You will quickly find, if you didn’t know already, that articles claiming to show unique, ground-breaking images from inside the country ar…

February 24th, 2015
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Engagement with North Korea again? Perhaps

Engagement with North Korea again? Perhaps

A year on from the United Nations’ damning report on the human rights’ situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK – North Korea’s official name), it is perhaps time to take…

February 23rd, 2015
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Consumer goods among top North Korean imports

Consumer goods among top North Korean imports

North Korea spent more on importing electronics and machinery from China than on any other kind of import, according to Chinese customs data. Findings included that consumer goods, like LCD TVs, co…

February 23rd, 2015
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N. Korean military conducts island seizing drill

N. Korean military conducts island seizing drill

The North Korean military conducted a drill for attacking an island, the Korean Central News Agency reported Saturday. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attended the drill with senior military and party…

February 21st, 2015
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Color brings Kim Il Sung-era pictures to life

Color brings Kim Il Sung-era pictures to life

When we open history books that discuss modern – but not very recent – history, they are usually filled with black-and white photos, as for many years taking color photos required much time and …

February 20th, 2015
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North Korea’s Kim family cult: Roots in Japanese state Shinto?

North Korea’s Kim family cult: Roots in Japanese state Shinto?

Outside observers of North Korea have pondered for decades the exact roots of North Korea’s unique ideology of Juche. An ideology centered upon the concepts of the divinity of the Kim family and the…

February 19th, 2015
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'The Interview' from a North Korean's perspective

'The Interview' from a North Korean's perspective

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 Anaya from the USA asks: Given the recent release of The…

February 18th, 2015
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The N. Korea-Japan abduction issue: prospects for 2015

The N. Korea-Japan abduction issue: prospects for 2015

North Korea and Japan held informal meetings in Shanghai about ongoing investigations into the 1977-83 abductions of Japanese nationals by North Korean agents, Japanese media reports said in January.…

February 18th, 2015
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