A new phase in North Korea's 'Pyongyang speed?'

A new phase in North Korea's 'Pyongyang speed?'

Korea Central Television introduced the construction status of the new residential apartment being built in Future Scientists Streets, Pyongyang earlier this week, potentially harkening a new era of …

July 28th, 2015
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WomenCross DMZ: Marching for peace, failing North Koreans

WomenCross DMZ: Marching for peace, failing North Koreans

Meaningful peace in Korea ultimately requires both freedom and justice. The WomenCross DMZ parade was a perfect demonstration of how peace treaty advocates disfigure both. The WomenCross DMZ approa…

July 24th, 2015
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North Korea stations artillery near Yeonpyeong-do

North Korea stations artillery near Yeonpyeong-do

North Korea has stationed an artillery battery on the island of Gal-do, South Korean media reported Wednesday, citing South Korean military sources. According to South Korean military authorities, …

July 23rd, 2015
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Iran deal leaves N. Korea alone in rogue states club

Iran deal leaves N. Korea alone in rogue states club

North Korea’s rejection of an Iran-style nuclear deal, as conveyed by a Foreign Ministry spokesman on July 21, came as no surprise. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is different fr…

July 22nd, 2015
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State of emergency: North Korea's ambulances

State of emergency: North Korea's ambulances

A 2014 photograph of a rusting medical vehicle driving through the streets of Pyongyang is the most recent in a series of images that shed light on a little reported facet of North Korea’s health s…

July 22nd, 2015
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Do North Koreans keep pets?

Do North Koreans keep pets?

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's question is: Is it common for North Koreans to keep pe…

July 22nd, 2015
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What I learned at the N. Korean school festival in Japan

What I learned at the N. Korean school festival in Japan

If you've followed the news during the past few months, you've probably heard about the Japanese association of North Koreans called Chongryon and its problems with Japanese law enforcement. What you…

July 21st, 2015
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Laibach in the DPRK: Will Slovenian band rock N. Korea

Laibach in the DPRK: Will Slovenian band rock N. Korea

As far as rock scenes go, North Korea’s is low-key. Apart from the famous Moranbong all-girl pop group, the country’s deeply restrictive system of political censorship would put paid to a burgeoni…

July 20th, 2015
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Empowering North Korean refugees abroad: Programs and Projects

Empowering North Korean refugees abroad: Programs and Projects

After fleeing North Korea, the majority of refugees find themselves in neighboring China, a country that neither provides support or recognizes their refugee status. Many however manage to find thir…

July 17th, 2015
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Exhibition on N.Korean posters draws comparisons with S.Korea

Exhibition on N.Korean posters draws comparisons with S.Korea

When people imagine North Korea, one of the first images that pops into one’s mind is that of streets full of propaganda posters. An ongoing exhibition in Seoul, though, compares real North Korean p…

July 17th, 2015
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Helping N. Koreans help themselves

Helping N. Koreans help themselves

Kang Chol-hwan, co-author of The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag, founded the non-partisan think-tank North Korea Strategy Center (NKSC) in 2007. Through the raising of awa…

July 16th, 2015
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What Hanawon doesn’t teach North Korean defectors

What Hanawon doesn’t teach North Korean defectors

Editor's note: NK News contacted the South Korean Ministry of Unification, which is authorized to speak on behalf of Hanawon, as to whether or not the program has been updated to reflect concerns such…

July 15th, 2015
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Generation ‘in-between': Young North Koreans navigate the government, market

Generation ‘in-between': Young North Koreans navigate the government, market

Many people are saying that North Korea is evolving. If so, then how? Professor Kim Sung-kyung at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul proposes a delicate approach regarding social chang…

July 14th, 2015
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Pyongyang confirms Pak is People’s Armed Forces Minister

Pyongyang confirms Pak is People’s Armed Forces Minister

North Korean state media confirmed that Pak Yong Sik is the current minister of the People’s Armed Forces on Saturday. Pyongyang’s state-run Korean Central News Agency referred to Pak by the ti…

July 13th, 2015
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From Belfast to Kaesong: Peace campaigner reflects on WomenCrossDMZ

From Belfast to Kaesong: Peace campaigner reflects on WomenCrossDMZ

Even with such a fearsome concentration of firepower on both sides and untold amounts of unexploded ordnance underneath, the Korean DMZ is probably one of the less risky stop-off points in Mairead Mag…

July 10th, 2015
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