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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Reunification in our lifetimes? The future of the Korean peninsula

Reunification in our lifetimes? The future of the Korean peninsula

Experts aren’t expecting a reunification scenario on the Korean Peninsula any time soon, but when it does it won’t be peaceful. A panel of long-time observers of inter-Korean relations told NK …

December 10th, 2014
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Will Kim Jong Un ever deliver economic success in North Korea?

Will Kim Jong Un ever deliver economic success in North Korea?

Long regarded as the economic basket case of Northeast Asia, since Kim Jong Un's accession to power there have been increasing signs that Pyongyang may now be serious about much needed economic reform…

December 1st, 2014
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Suki Kim: The ethical boundaries of writing in North Korea

Suki Kim: The ethical boundaries of writing in North Korea

There are a couple of scenes from Suki Kim’s recently released memoir where she nearly lets down her guard. In Without You, There is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea’s Elite Kim, a n…

November 24th, 2014
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Matthew Miller’s excellent adventure in North Korea

Matthew Miller’s excellent adventure in North Korea

It’s a story that begins with North Korea trying to refuse to imprison him, and ends with him going home on the personal airplane of America's top spy. It’s clearly more than an average vacatio…

November 14th, 2014
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Straub: Why North Korea released its American prisoners

Straub: Why North Korea released its American prisoners

Recently, North Korea suddenly released the two remaining Americans it was holding – Kennth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller. The news made headlines internationally, and the drama of it was heightened b…

November 14th, 2014
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The state of North Korea's military: Past, present and future

The state of North Korea's military: Past, present and future

North Korea can’t win a war with the South – particularly in the U.S. is involved – but it has the ability to do significant damage if war takes place. A panel of military experts surveyed by…

November 13th, 2014
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Refugee in Laos awaits chance to reach S. Korea

Refugee in Laos awaits chance to reach S. Korea

In the last 13 months Laos has twice made the news over its handling of North Korean defectors. The first case, in October of last year, was heartbreaking: Nine defectors between the ages of 15 and…

November 5th, 2014
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Human rights in North Korea: Are they actually improving?

Human rights in North Korea: Are they actually improving?

Could human rights be improving in North Korea, a country long viewed as ranking among the worst of the worst when it comes to human rights abuses? From the unprecedented nature of North Korean dip…

October 30th, 2014
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Shinn: South Korea must work toward unification

Shinn: South Korea must work toward unification

South Korean discourse on unification gained new energy earlier this year when President Park Geun-hye called unification a “jackpot" (daebak). While unification has never been far from the heart…

October 29th, 2014
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Interview: DPRK artists come to the UK for fine art exhibition

Interview: DPRK artists come to the UK for fine art exhibition

The Mansudae Art Studio in Pyongyang is the DPRK's premier art production center and is responsible for the majority of artworks seen throughout the country, from scenic oil paintings to the country's…

October 29th, 2014
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North Korea’s nuclear weapons: Will it ever use them?

North Korea’s nuclear weapons: Will it ever use them?

This week 20 years ago the Agreed Framework between the United States and North Korea was signed, which suspended Pyongyang’s nuclear program in exchange for aid from Washington. This deal, howev…

October 21st, 2014
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Tourism in North Korea: What the agents think

Tourism in North Korea: What the agents think

Tourism to North Korea is a contentious issue, often caught in the larger debate about DPRK engagement or isolation. On the one hand, proponents argue that traveling to the country can offer some part…

October 16th, 2014
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Moon: Obama lacks plan, qualified staff on N. Korea

Moon: Obama lacks plan, qualified staff on N. Korea

The United States displays no interest in North Korea under President Barack Obama, and the situation will only get worse if Hillary Clinton succeeds him, a South Korean expert told NK News. Moon C…

October 13th, 2014
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Moon: Park administration fails to build trust

Moon: Park administration fails to build trust

After setbacks during the Lee Myung-bak administration (2008-13), incumbent South Korean President Park Geun-hye voiced interest in improving relations through a trust-building process. And Park ha…

October 10th, 2014
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