How China’s view of North Korea is changing

How China’s view of North Korea is changing

Beijing is not a pleasant place to be in mid-July, though during my recent trip to the Chinese capital the present author had little time to enjoy the scenery or suffer the weather. Most of the time w…

July 24th, 2014
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The two Koreas, coming to terms with Russian assistance

The two Koreas, coming to terms with Russian assistance

Summer 2014 witnessed new examples of deepening Russian involvement into North Korea and her increased efforts to help improve North-South relations. Obviously the “Russian card” is approved at th…

July 23rd, 2014
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Welcome to the NK News podcast

Welcome to the NK News podcast

From mobile phones and mesh networking to talking propaganda butterflies, the recently launched NK News podcast is exploring a wide range of subjects dealing with North Korea and the forces shaping it…

July 23rd, 2014
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North Korea likely still breaking UN sanctions - Martin Uden

North Korea likely still breaking UN sanctions - Martin Uden

It's possible that North Korea's methods for evading UN sanctions are becoming increasingly sophisticated, as the number of of reports made to the UN Panel of Experts has decreased, former coordinator…

July 23rd, 2014
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Hamisevicz: Two Koreas need sustainable exchanges, not temporary fixes

Hamisevicz: Two Koreas need sustainable exchanges, not temporary fixes

Temporary exchanges between the two Koreas through participation in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon or in one-time family visits aren't enough to build a sustainable, long-term relationship, said Nich…

July 22nd, 2014
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Defection starts with reform radio

Defection starts with reform radio

“This is the living proof that North Koreans are strongly intent on learning about the outside world.” So said Kim Seung-chul, representative of North Korea Reform Radio, in showing the North Kor…

July 22nd, 2014
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Hamisevicz: India uses North Korea to counterbalance China, Pakistan

Hamisevicz: India uses North Korea to counterbalance China, Pakistan

India has relations with North Korea to monitor North Korea's activities with neighbors like Pakistan and to encourage the North not to proliferate or conduct other illicit activities. So said Nich…

July 21st, 2014
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Why despite recent arrests, there are few risks in traveling to North Korea

Why despite recent arrests, there are few risks in traveling to North Korea

The recent arrest and expected trial of two American tourists – Matthew Todd Miller and Jeffrey Fowle – has once again raised much fear among the few Americans, and broadly speaking Westerners, wh…

July 21st, 2014
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How Israel's Iron Dome could help defend against North Korean threats

How Israel's Iron Dome could help defend against North Korean threats

As conflict between Israel and Gaza continues to rage, the threat of Hamas rocket attacks on civilian centers and the corresponding effectiveness of Israel's Iron Dome anti-rocket defense system has …

July 16th, 2014
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Mongolia’s tango with Pyongyang

Mongolia’s tango with Pyongyang

On May 23 Mongolia provided North Korea and the United States neutral ground in its capital for track 1.5 meetings. Presumably, North Korea’s chief nuclear envoy met with two former U.S. State Depar…

July 16th, 2014
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Lawyer: S. Korea should be willing to ransom Korean War POWs

Lawyer: S. Korea should be willing to ransom Korean War POWs

During the Korean War, tens of thousands of South Korean soldiers became prisoners of war (POW) to North Korea, and many of them remain there. The South Korean Ministry of Defense, in a report to t…

July 15th, 2014
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Pilsner in Pyongyang: How Czech company helped open brewery in N. Korea

Pilsner in Pyongyang: How Czech company helped open brewery in N. Korea

Visitors to North Korea frequently complain about the quality of the beer, arguing that local beer often lacks taste and leaves the drinker with a nasty chemical hangover. Despite the surprising po…

July 15th, 2014
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Armstrong: N. Korean society has shifted away from Cold War system

Armstrong: N. Korean society has shifted away from Cold War system

The North Korean totalitarian system is almost 70 years old and can't continue to work in the same way it did in the past, Charles Armstrong, a well-known scholar on Korean history, told NK News. A…

July 14th, 2014
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N. Korea emphasizes island defense & assault capabilities

N. Korea emphasizes island defense & assault capabilities

Over the past few weeks, North Korea’s leadership and state media have given significant attention to the military’s ability to defend and capture islands. Kim Jong Un and other officials inspect…

July 14th, 2014
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Crude cut-off into fifth month as China ships oil-products to North Korea

Crude cut-off into fifth month as China ships oil-products to North Korea

China has increased deliveries of oil products to North Korea during the first five months of 2014 according to the latest Chinese customs data, which also confirms the widely reported halt in crude o…

July 14th, 2014
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