Life in a N. Korean town since the ‘90s famine

Life in a N. Korean town since the ‘90s famine

How did a small North Korean township look back in the late 1990s, in the already bygone era of the beloved Marshal Kim Jong Il? Let us look at the layout of one particular place: the city of Hoery…

July 28th, 2014
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Deploying THAAD on the Korean Peninsula

Deploying THAAD on the Korean Peninsula

For several months, there has been much talk about bringing the THAAD missile defense system to South Korea. The two specific questions have been whether South Korea will purchase the THAAD system for…

July 28th, 2014
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Ten Things We Learned from Dr. Andrei Lankov's Reddit AMA

Ten Things We Learned from Dr. Andrei Lankov's Reddit AMA

Recently NK News, with the help of /r/NorthKoreaNews organized an Ask Me Anything session with Dr. Andrei Lankov on Reddit. The response was extremely enthusiastic, with nearly 200 contributions to th…

July 25th, 2014
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Bill on N. Korea sanctions still awaits full House vote

Bill on N. Korea sanctions still awaits full House vote

Nearly two months ago the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives approved the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act, designed to crack down on both its human rights violations …

July 25th, 2014
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Two Koreas to resume joint excavation of ancient palace

Two Koreas to resume joint excavation of ancient palace

South Korea’s Ministry of Unification on Monday announced plans to resume the inter-Korean project of conducting an archaeological excavation of Manwoldae Palace in the North Korean border city of K…

July 24th, 2014
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How China’s view of North Korea is changing

How China’s view of North Korea is changing

Beijing is not a pleasant place to be in mid-July, though during my recent trip to the Chinese capital the present author had little time to enjoy the scenery or suffer the weather. Most of the time w…

July 24th, 2014
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The two Koreas, coming to terms with Russian assistance

The two Koreas, coming to terms with Russian assistance

Summer 2014 witnessed new examples of deepening Russian involvement into North Korea and her increased efforts to help improve North-South relations. Obviously the “Russian card” is approved at th…

July 23rd, 2014
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Welcome to the NK News podcast

Welcome to the NK News podcast

From mobile phones and mesh networking to talking propaganda butterflies, the recently launched NK News podcast is exploring a wide range of subjects dealing with North Korea and the forces shaping it…

July 23rd, 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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Defection starts with reform radio

Defection starts with reform radio

“This is the living proof that North Koreans are strongly intent on learning about the outside world.” So said Kim Seung-chul, representative of North Korea Reform Radio, in showing the North Kor…

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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Why despite recent arrests, there are few risks in traveling to North Korea

Why despite recent arrests, there are few risks in traveling to North Korea

The recent arrest and expected trial of two American tourists – Matthew Todd Miller and Jeffrey Fowle – has once again raised much fear among the few Americans, and broadly speaking Westerners, wh…

July 21st, 2014
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How Israel's Iron Dome could help defend against North Korean threats

How Israel's Iron Dome could help defend against North Korean threats

As conflict between Israel and Gaza continues to rage, the threat of Hamas rocket attacks on civilian centers and the corresponding effectiveness of Israel's Iron Dome anti-rocket defense system has …

July 16th, 2014
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Mongolia’s tango with Pyongyang

Mongolia’s tango with Pyongyang

On May 23 Mongolia provided North Korea and the United States neutral ground in its capital for track 1.5 meetings. Presumably, North Korea’s chief nuclear envoy met with two former U.S. State Depar…

July 16th, 2014
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