Are there gay people in North Korea?

Are there gay people 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 Michael from Phnom Penh asks: I'm just curious as to gay…

January 29th, 2015
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They’ve got a little list: Should NK go back on?

They’ve got a little list: Should NK go back on?

Ever since Washington fingered Pyongyang for Sony Hackgate – a culpability that some still query – there have been calls to put North Korea back on the “terraced” list. Terraced? That’s how …

January 29th, 2015
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No Chinese crude to North Korea in 2014

No Chinese crude to North Korea in 2014

North Korea received no crude oil from China in the whole of 2014, according to recently released official customs data, however experts are sceptical that the numbers tell the whole story. Histori…

January 29th, 2015
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The ill-fated Sinuiju special region

The ill-fated Sinuiju special region

North Korea declares that one her cities will become a special zone. There will be no censorship there, all media will be free and freedom of speech will be secured. The economic system will be capita…

January 27th, 2015
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India, Denmark in possible breach of luxury goods sanctions

India, Denmark in possible breach of luxury goods sanctions

India exported precious metals and stones, sometimes worth tens of thousands of dollars to North Korea, in a likely breach of UN resolution 2094 and Indian law, according to the UN Comtrade and Indian…

January 26th, 2015
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Younger N. Koreans increasingly sharing pictures, video between cellphones

Younger N. Koreans increasingly sharing pictures, video between cellphones

Younger North Koreans are increasingly using their cellphones to communicate with photos, video and other multimedia, the Tokyo-based Asia Press said last Friday. Despite significant restrictions a…

January 26th, 2015
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Prominent pro-North Korea figure denounces KFA President Alejandro Cao de Benos

Prominent pro-North Korea figure denounces KFA President Alejandro Cao de Benos

Youtube's "number one Marxist" video commentator publicly denounced prominent pro-North Korea figure Alejandro Cao de Benos on Sunday for excessive profiteering on trips to the DPRK and misrepresentat…

January 26th, 2015
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What the Lee Seok-ki case doesn’t mean

What the Lee Seok-ki case doesn’t mean

As he departed the Supreme Court on Thursday afternoon, Lee Seok-ki sought to convince observers that his conviction represented nothing less than the death of Korean democracy and rule of law. Shouti…

January 23rd, 2015
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Report seeks celebrity support for N. Korean human rights

Report seeks celebrity support for N. Korean human rights

Activists have long complained that human rights in North Korea are neglected in discussions of the regime, and a recent report suggests a number of solutions to this. Among them is recruiting cele…

January 23rd, 2015
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Russia tops oil exports to N.Korea in UN Comtrade data

Russia tops oil exports to N.Korea in UN Comtrade data

Russia topped the list of oil products exporters to North Korea in 2014 in the UN Comtrade database, though reported shipments are at odds with the movement of the DPRK’s oil tanker fleet, data from…

January 23rd, 2015
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Why defectors change their stories

Why defectors change their stories

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 our question is: Why do North Korean defectors such as S…

January 21st, 2015
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Remembering when money talked, five years on

Remembering when money talked, five years on

Late January is a time when we can celebrate the fifth anniversary of the ignominious failure of the North Korean currency reform. This is indeed something to be celebrated: The failure of the reforms…

January 21st, 2015
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Kim Jong Un may use Cessna aircraft

Kim Jong Un may use Cessna aircraft

New information about North Korea often prompts experts and observers to ask further questions, and the recent revelation of a small new airstrip near Wonsan is no exception. The new airstrip, which i…

January 21st, 2015
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Training North Korea's tour guides: time for tourists to step up?

Training North Korea's tour guides: time for tourists to step up?

North Korea, perhaps due to its unique and often anachronistic qualities, is known for attracting a rather "unique" set of characters among its steadily increasing tourist numbers each year. Regime…

January 20th, 2015
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Leader, Sun, Mentor, Guide: How North Korean leaders choose their titles

Leader, Sun, Mentor, Guide: How North Korean leaders choose their titles

When Kim Jong Il died, the North Korean leadership faced the unexpected: the process of Kim Jong Un being anointed as successor had just began and was far from complete. Pyongyang had to rush to promo…

January 19th, 2015
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