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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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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