Researching defectors takes creativity

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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The Romanian designer imagining the future of North Korean branding

The Romanian designer imagining the future of North Korean branding

North Korea, it is safe to say, has an image and branding problem, and over the years has tried a variety of techniques to improve its image and sell itself to the outside world. And because of it…

August 8th, 2014
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Interview: John Sweeney reflects on going undercover in North Korea

Interview: John Sweeney reflects on going undercover in North Korea

Last year, John Sweeney, then a broadcast journalist for the investigative programme "Panorama", entered North Korea with his camera crew  to expose a version of North Korea usually shielded from the…

July 31st, 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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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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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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