'Pro-North' paper with conservative daily's name unearthed

'Pro-North' paper with conservative daily's name unearthed

Did a conservative South Korean daily’s editorial line take a brief but stark turn to the left after the 1950 North Korean invasion? A recently unearthed paper from June 1950 seems to suggest it …

March 5th, 2015
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Studying abroad with your family held hostage

Studying abroad with your family held hostage

Every week we ask a North Korean your questions, giving you the chance to learn more about the country we know so little about. This week Maalavika from Chennai, India asks: Does North Korea al…

March 5th, 2015
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Children of North Koreans, living between borders

Children of North Koreans, living between borders

When Ms. Park, a North Korean national living illegally in China, was caught by the police, she left behind an abusive Chinese husband and their 4-year-old son. Without Ms. Park present, her son was a…

March 4th, 2015
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North Korean TV uploads first HD footage, including archives of Kim Jong Il

North Korean TV uploads first HD footage, including archives of Kim Jong Il

North Korean state broadcaster Korea Central Television (KCTV) appears to have broadcast its first ever high definition (HD) video material – including vintage shots of Kim Jong Il – multiple cli…

March 4th, 2015
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Riding the tiger of nationalism in North Korea

Riding the tiger of nationalism in North Korea

The view that state-sponsored nationalism has played a major (or even decisive) role in the persistence of the North Korean political system has been expressed by a wide range of scholars, such as Bri…

March 3rd, 2015
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Russian Railways interested in revamping North Korean rail

Russian Railways interested in revamping North Korean rail

Russian Railways (RZhD) wants to take an active role in upgrading North Korea’s aging rail network, with a view to eventually creating an active Trans-Korean connection with South Korea, a source at…

March 2nd, 2015
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Is no news good news in North Korea?

Is no news good news in North Korea?

Every week we ask a North Korean your questions, giving you the chance to learn more about the country we know so little about. This week June Lee in the U.S. asks: In North Korea, is there any…

February 26th, 2015
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South Korea’s new unification minister: Big deal?

South Korea’s new unification minister: Big deal?

South Korea has a new Minister of Unification (MOU), or soon will have. President Park Geun-hye, whose ratings have fallen to 29 percent this year, carried out a mini-reshuffle last week. Picking p…

February 26th, 2015
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Songbun and the five castes of North Korea

Songbun and the five castes of North Korea

The most important element in the social structure of Kim Il Sung's North Korea was the infamous songbun system. This system was established in the late 1950s and came into full power somewhere around…

February 26th, 2015
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When divided Koreas meant box office bonanza

When divided Koreas meant box office bonanza

1998 to 2007 was an era of breakthroughs in inter-Korean relations, and this was reflected at the South Korean box office. Mount Geumgang tourism launched in 1998. The historic first inter-Korean s…

February 26th, 2015
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N. Korea tourism companies struggle through travel ban

N. Korea tourism companies struggle through travel ban

In late October, in an alleged effort to prevent the spread of Ebola, North Korea closed its borders and implemented a series of quarantine measures applied with very few exceptions. The measures i…

February 26th, 2015
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When North Korean women become brides in China

When North Korean women become brides in China

There is one fact, not widely realized by the outside world but nonetheless important when we talk about the steadily growing community of North Korean refugees in the South: Most of them are women. I…

February 25th, 2015
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The myth of a sealed China-N. Korea border

The myth of a sealed China-N. Korea border

More than one media outlet has included stories of border security on the rise between North Korea and China. Since the coming of the Kim Jong Un regime came a crackdown on defections, both from th…

February 25th, 2015
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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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Engagement with North Korea again? Perhaps

Engagement with North Korea again? Perhaps

A year on from the United Nations’ damning report on the human rights’ situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK – North Korea’s official name), it is perhaps time to take…

February 23rd, 2015
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