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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Armstrong: N. Korean society has shifted away from Cold War system

Armstrong: N. Korean society has shifted away from Cold War system

The North Korean totalitarian system is almost 70 years old and can't continue to work in the same way it did in the past, Charles Armstrong, a well-known scholar on Korean history, told NK News. A…

July 14th, 2014
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Armstrong: North Korea not isolationist, follows self-determination principle

Armstrong: North Korea not isolationist, follows self-determination principle

North Korea's policy is not isolationism, but it does seek to control very carefully the degree and the kind of contact it has with the outside world. So says Charles Armstrong, a leading historian…

July 13th, 2014
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Babson: North Korean leadership encouraging foreign investment

Babson: North Korean leadership encouraging foreign investment

The North Korean leadership is pursuing foreign investment and trade in a variety of ways, through larger projects like special economic zones (SEZs) and smaller-scale policy adjustments, Bradley Babs…

July 9th, 2014
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Babson: N. Korean leadership needs developed financial system

Babson: N. Korean leadership needs developed financial system

The North Korean leadership's recent integration of financial committees and microeconomic agricultural and enterprise reform may indicate a willingness to pursue economic development. Bradley O. B…

July 7th, 2014
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UN Seoul office may help should N. Korea collapse - Cohen

UN Seoul office may help should N. Korea collapse - Cohen

When experts discuss a North Korean collapse scenario, the movement of people is not always considered. However, Roberta Cohen, co-chair for the Committee on Human Rights in North Korea and a non-r…

July 3rd, 2014
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Cohen: UN COI report takes bold stance on North Korean, Chinese atrocities

Cohen: UN COI report takes bold stance on North Korean, Chinese atrocities

The UN Commission of Inquiry report on human rights in North Korea, released earlier this year, was a courageous statement for taking on China’s forced repatriation of North Koreans, a human rights …

June 30th, 2014
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