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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What do journalists think about reporting on North Korea?

What do journalists think about reporting on North Korea?

As one of the most isolated countries in the world, North Korea tries hard to make sure that the movement of information out of its borders is strictly controlled. The result from a journalistic persp…

October 9th, 2014
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Inside China – North Korea Relations: what the experts think

Inside China – North Korea Relations: what the experts think

Despite Kim Jong Il paying regular visits to China in the final days of his life, under Kim Jong Un relations between Beijing and Pyongyang are widely viewed to have chilled – largely as a result of…

October 7th, 2014
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Why researching defectors takes creativity

Why researching defectors takes creativity

Researchers studying North Korean defectors need to use a degree of creativity, particularly in asking questions, to get information from them, an academic and author told NK News. Sandra Fahy of S…

October 2nd, 2014
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North Korea through famine survivors' eyes

North Korea through famine survivors' eyes

“Starvation” is one of the words most frequently associated with North Korea after the country’s tragic 1990s famine. The famine led to a growing influx of North Korean citizens leaving for S…

October 1st, 2014
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Famine survivors used humor to cope - Interview

Famine survivors used humor to cope - Interview

North Koreans defectors who survived the famine of the 1990s were not brainwashed puppets of the regime prior to the crisis, and the experience didn’t necessarily leave them embittered toward the st…

October 1st, 2014
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Doing business in the DPRK: N. Korea's contemporary investment climate

Doing business in the DPRK: N. Korea's contemporary investment climate

North Korea's business and investment environment is a subject on which little contemporary information exists, despite the country's strategic location between three of the world's largest economies.…

September 30th, 2014
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Is Kim Jong Un really 'gearing up for full scale war'?

Is Kim Jong Un really 'gearing up for full scale war'?

Is Kim Jong Un really "gearing up for full scale war"?  You might think so having read South Korea's  JoongAng Ilbo on Tuesday, basing its main claim on "a source well informed on North Korea". …

September 17th, 2014
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Christian NGO behind North Korea surfing tour

Christian NGO behind North Korea surfing tour

Love North Korea Ministries (LNKM), a Christian NGO operating in North Korea, was behind the first ever "surf camp" tour of the country, LNKM director Gabe Segoine told NK News in an interview on Mond…

August 26th, 2014
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Chongryon school in Kawasaki struggles to survive financially

Chongryon school in Kawasaki struggles to survive financially

KAWASAKI, Japan – A pro-North Korea elementary school for Korean children in Kawasaki city, adjoining Tokyo, is struggling to survive financially due to a steep decline in students and the absence o…

August 18th, 2014
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Oh: Aiding bottom-up marketization key to reform

Oh: Aiding bottom-up marketization key to reform

The role of the U.S. and South Korea is to incentivize the merger of bottom-up market changes and elites' questioning of the Kim leadership, said Kongdan Oh of the Council on Foreign Relations and its…

August 14th, 2014
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Oh: Regional leaders show disjointed approaches to Korean reunification

Oh: Regional leaders show disjointed approaches to Korean reunification

Kim Jong Un is determined to produce nuclear weapons and all the international community can do is monitor and slow the process as much as possible, Kongdan Oh told NK News. Oh, a non-resident seni…

August 12th, 2014
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