North Koreans care less about KWP membership than ever

North Koreans care less about KWP membership than ever

If Western publications are to be believed, being a member of the Communist Party in a communist country entitles to you a long and luxuriant list of privileges. When Western journalists talk about li…

April 21st, 2015
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Playing with toys: North Korea's odd looking air force drill

Playing with toys: North Korea's odd looking air force drill

North Korean air force training videos sparked ridicule and disbelief in the South Korean media in late January when footage emerged of DPRK pilots holding toy planes, walking around a large map paint…

April 21st, 2015
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In wake of border reopening, a successful Pyongyang Marathon?

In wake of border reopening, a successful Pyongyang Marathon?

Last week, on a sunny Sunday in Pyongyang, foreigners and North Koreans ran side-by-side through the streets of the DPRK’s capital – in what’s now become something of an annual tradition marking…

April 20th, 2015
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North Korea and the revolutionary football of 1966

North Korea and the revolutionary football of 1966

The notion of “total football” is well-known to sport aficionados today. Pioneered and largely employed by Dutch teams such as Ajax and even by the national Dutch team since the early 1970s, total…

April 17th, 2015
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Foreign fiction present in North Korea, though restricted

Foreign fiction present in North Korea, though restricted

With some of the tightest restrictions on information on the planet, North Korea would never be called a book lover’s paradise. But aside from the domestic propaganda that spans media from comic boo…

April 16th, 2015
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Look for angry populist politics after Korean unification

Look for angry populist politics after Korean unification

What can the coming general election in the UK tell us about the prospects for Korean unification? More than you might expect. UKIP – the United Kingdom Independence Party for non-Brits – is on…

April 16th, 2015
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Colorized Kim Il Sung photos highlight North Korea's forgotten history

Colorized Kim Il Sung photos highlight North Korea's forgotten history

April 15 marks the birthday of Kim Il Sung, so one can expect to see many pictures of the Great Leader on that day in North Korea. However, a number of photos of supposed national founder are never se…

April 15th, 2015
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North Korea: the most expensive place in the world?

North Korea: the most expensive place in the world?

How much is a small bun in North Korea? The price tag says 2,000 North Korean won. That translates to about U.S.$20 or 133 yuan at the official exchange rate, making the isolated country the most…

April 15th, 2015
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2015 Park’s last chance for inter-Korean breakthrough: Expert

2015 Park’s last chance for inter-Korean breakthrough: Expert

This year may be the last chance for South Korea’s Park Geun-hye administration to achieve a breakthrough in inter-Korean relations, a Kyongnam University professor told NK News. Even though Kim …

April 14th, 2015
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Why has a North Korean ship been in Mexico for nine months?

Why has a North Korean ship been in Mexico for nine months?

North Korea made headlines last week when it kicked off a diplomatic dispute with Mexico, announcing it would take the “necessary measures” to secure the release of a vessel detained by Mexican au…

April 14th, 2015
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Empowering North Korean defectors in the U.S.

Empowering North Korean defectors in the U.S.

In 2004, U.S. President George W. Bush signed into law the North Korean Human Rights Act, which was subsequently reauthorized in 2008 and again in 2012. Among other things, this act made North Korean …

April 13th, 2015
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Military affairs, fishing top Kim’s agenda in March

Military affairs, fishing top Kim’s agenda in March

North Korean leadership activity in March was relatively reserved compared to previous months. Kim made fewer appearances and was accompanied by fewer elite officials than in most months since becomin…

April 10th, 2015
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A well-balanced approach to issues on the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia

A well-balanced approach to issues on the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia

This article was contributed to NK News by the DPRK's Institute for Disarmament and Peace, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. While it has been edited for content and to conform with most aspects of NK N…

April 9th, 2015
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‘Songun’ now fading away in North Korea: Expert

‘Songun’ now fading away in North Korea: Expert

While still praised as the country’s guiding ideology, Kim Jong Il’s Songun (military-first) idea is now declining in actual influence over North Korean state strategy, Kyongnam University profess…

April 9th, 2015
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Tokyo’s expected contingency on North Korea

Tokyo’s expected contingency on North Korea

On March 26, a combined force of four prefectural police agencies in Japan raided the Tokyo home of the chairman Ho Jong Man of the pro-Pyongyang General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, or C…

April 8th, 2015
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