2015 Park’s last chance for inter-Korean breakthrough: Expert

2015 Park’s last chance for inter-Korean breakthrough: Expert

This year may be the last chance for South Korea’s Park Geun-hye administration to achieve a breakthrough in inter-Korean relations, a Kyongnam University professor told NK News. Even though Kim …

April 14th, 2015
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Empowering North Korean defectors in the U.S.

Empowering North Korean defectors in the U.S.

In 2004, U.S. President George W. Bush signed into law the North Korean Human Rights Act, which was subsequently reauthorized in 2008 and again in 2012. Among other things, this act made North Korean …

April 13th, 2015
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‘Songun’ now fading away in North Korea: Expert

‘Songun’ now fading away in North Korea: Expert

While still praised as the country’s guiding ideology, Kim Jong Il’s Songun (military-first) idea is now declining in actual influence over North Korean state strategy, Kyongnam University profess…

April 9th, 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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Author of book on North Korea’s founding addresses Shin controversy

Author of book on North Korea’s founding addresses Shin controversy

Author Blaine Harden tackles North Korea in his latest book, The Great Leader and The Fighter Pilot, but it was his previous one that established him as one of the most prominent voices on the country…

March 18th, 2015
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Book on defecting fighter pilot tackles North Korea’s founding

Book on defecting fighter pilot tackles North Korea’s founding

The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot, the latest non-fiction book by author Blaine Harden, is in large part the story of North Korea’s founding and the devastating war it launched, ending in a dec…

March 17th, 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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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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Author takes on widely known, yet poorly known Dear Leader

Author takes on widely known, yet poorly known Dear Leader

The author of an “unauthorized autobiography” of Kim Jong Il chose the late Dear Leader because Kim remains easily identified, but not actually well-known, he told NK News. Michael Malice has a…

February 13th, 2015
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Report seeks celebrity support for N. Korean human rights

Report seeks celebrity support for N. Korean human rights

Activists have long complained that human rights in North Korea are neglected in discussions of the regime, and a recent report suggests a number of solutions to this. Among them is recruiting cele…

January 23rd, 2015
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DPRK, Iran strong partners in missile tech – Middle East experts

DPRK, Iran strong partners in missile tech – Middle East experts

North Korea and Iran have a decades-long history of close military cooperation, especially in the field of ballistic missile technology. Both being traditionally classed as adversaries with the West, …

January 19th, 2015
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Hacker claims to have cracked North Korea’s intranet

Hacker claims to have cracked North Korea’s intranet

In the week running up to the New Year, many were surprised to see what appeared to be an entirely authentic version of North Korea’s famous OS X knock off, Red Star, appear online. Claiming resp…

January 12th, 2015
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Defectors value their freedom but miss their homes

Defectors value their freedom but miss their homes

What do North Koreans who’ve escaped appreciate most about their new lives? What from their old lives do they miss the most? In the final part (10) of the NK News specialist opinion survey seri…

January 2nd, 2015
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How happy are North Koreans? Specialists talk culture

How happy are North Koreans? Specialists talk culture

North Koreans have undergone a substantial shift on the home front in recent years: a new leader, a stabilizing economy and increasing knowledge of the outside world. In part nine of the NK News …

December 19th, 2014
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