North Korea-China February trade roundup

North Korea-China February trade roundup

China’s crude oil cut off to North Korea continued into 2015, as deliveries of other oil products also tumbled in February, Chinese trade figures for last month show. While North Korean imports o…

March 30th, 2015
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Songun soccer: Football politics in North Korea

Songun soccer: Football politics in North Korea

Pyongyang may be the most peaceful city on earth. There is little to no violent crime, and the population consists largely of middle class citizens rewarded for their loyalty to the state with large a…

March 30th, 2015
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Fighter pilot's story says much about unseen side of Korean War

Fighter pilot's story says much about unseen side of Korean War

B.R. Myers has written about the nightmare of having your work undermined by unexpected revelations as soon as it hits bookshelves. This would seem the worst nightmare for an author, with the potentia…

March 30th, 2015
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North Korea’s treatment of disabled improving: organization

North Korea’s treatment of disabled improving: organization

Speakers at an early March seminar organized by the disability rights group DULA International argued that the lives of the disabled had recently improved in North Korea. There have been multiple r…

March 28th, 2015
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Must the Cheonan wreck torpedo inter-Korean ties?

Must the Cheonan wreck torpedo inter-Korean ties?

How time flies. Can it really be five years since the Cheonan was sunk? It seems like just yesterday I heard the news: from the BBC, who wanted an interview. So I hurried to my local studio with …

March 27th, 2015
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The daily life of a Swedish diplomat in North Korea

The daily life of a Swedish diplomat in North Korea

Whenever North Korea and the U.S. need to engage diplomatically, or when Scandinavian tourists are experiencing mishaps, the Swedish embassy in North Korea plays a critical role. The embassy is, ho…

March 27th, 2015
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Film to document efforts to rescue North Korean refugees

Film to document efforts to rescue North Korean refugees

British filmmaker Matthew Halsall is in the process of completing a documentary on the work of Chun Ki-won, a South Korean pastor who has dedicated his life to rescuing North Korean refugees seeking a…

March 26th, 2015
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U.S. acknowledges North Korean submarine-launched ballistic missile

U.S. acknowledges North Korean submarine-launched ballistic missile

North Korea is in the process of developing a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), Admiral Cecil D. Haney confirmed during testimony to the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday. …

March 25th, 2015
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After 60 years of division, how do North Koreans say 'tractor?'

After 60 years of division, how do North Koreans say 'tractor?'

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 Patrik, originally from Sweden, asks: How do the North a…

March 25th, 2015
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North Korean steel production slumps, hindering economy, military

North Korean steel production slumps, hindering economy, military

North Korea’s steel industry has for at least 10 years remained stagnant compared with other steelmaking nations in Northeast Asia and operated well below its capacity, according to statistics and i…

March 25th, 2015
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North Korean oil tankers change delivery routes

North Korean oil tankers change delivery routes

Several members of North Korea’s oil tanker fleet changed their offloading destination in February, plying the shortest possible route from Russian terminals to the North Korean port of Sonbong, jus…

March 24th, 2015
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No one knows North Korea’s GDP

No one knows North Korea’s GDP

“How large is North Korea’s per capita GDP?” This is a question that every researcher of North Korea is bound to hear quite frequently while talking to journalists, politicians and lay people. T…

March 24th, 2015
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South Korea faces tough choice on THAAD

South Korea faces tough choice on THAAD

Should South Korea take a step toward enhancing its own defenses against a (potentially nuclear armed) North Korean ballistic missile program, even if that means alienating its neighbors? For more…

March 24th, 2015
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Korea and America, North and South

Korea and America, North and South

“Our country ... In bits and pieces, this phrase was again slowly coming to mean North and South, one and the same.” Was this quote, referring to “our country” (uri nara in Korean) uttered …

March 23rd, 2015
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War is Peace: North Korea’s ongoing nuclear threat show

War is Peace: North Korea’s ongoing nuclear threat show

During the last decade many people interested in North Korea have regularly (about every a year and a half or so) observed a “nuclear war” show, during which the DPRK threatens to nuke Seoul, Japa…

March 20th, 2015
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