All change: North Korean ships reshuffle their identities

All change: North Korean ships reshuffle their identities

More than thirty members of the fleet visible on the NK News vessel tracker changed important vessel identifiers since the start of the year, according to data from Marine Traffic. The DPRK ships…

October 21st, 2014
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North Korea’s nuclear weapons: Will it ever use them?

North Korea’s nuclear weapons: Will it ever use them?

This week 20 years ago the Agreed Framework between the United States and North Korea was signed, which suspended Pyongyang’s nuclear program in exchange for aid from Washington. This deal, howev…

October 21st, 2014
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From Military-First to Sports-First?

From Military-First to Sports-First?

While sports fans across Asia were tuning in to the end of the 2014 Asian Games in South Korea, the international media was in a frenzy: where was North Korean leader Kim Jong Un? Among the rumors swi…

October 20th, 2014
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N. Korea pressures U.S. on soldiers' remains

N. Korea pressures U.S. on soldiers' remains

“...[The] remains of at least 7 800 GIs reported missing during the past Korean war now look like no better than stones as land rezoning and other gigantic nature-remaking projects made progress in …

October 17th, 2014
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Preventing violence in a post-Kim North

Preventing violence in a post-Kim North

How would Kim Jong Un’s removal from power affect the likelihood of North Korean violence against the United States or South Korea, and what might be done to prevent such violence? This should be…

October 17th, 2014
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Tourism in North Korea: What the agents think

Tourism in North Korea: What the agents think

Tourism to North Korea is a contentious issue, often caught in the larger debate about DPRK engagement or isolation. On the one hand, proponents argue that traveling to the country can offer some part…

October 16th, 2014
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How Yanbian became a meeting place for both Koreas

How Yanbian became a meeting place for both Koreas

The early 1990s can be seen as a turning point in the history of the Yanbian area in general and its relations with North Korea in particular. Many different, if somewhat related, events produced thes…

October 16th, 2014
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Inside the Pyongyang International Film Festival

Inside the Pyongyang International Film Festival

The 14th biennial Pyongyang International Film Festival (PIFF), which took place  September 14-24, has become a popular fixture among domestic and international audiences alike. This years festiva…

October 15th, 2014
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National unification, or national reconciliation?

National unification, or national reconciliation?

The shock visit of a North Korean “troika” to South Korea to jump-start the stalled inter-Korean dialogue bewildered North Korea watchers worldwide – as the visit was obviously spontaneous and t…

October 14th, 2014
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Moon: Obama lacks plan, qualified staff on N. Korea

Moon: Obama lacks plan, qualified staff on N. Korea

The United States displays no interest in North Korea under President Barack Obama, and the situation will only get worse if Hillary Clinton succeeds him, a South Korean expert told NK News. Moon C…

October 13th, 2014
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Putting the fragrance in the flower

Putting the fragrance in the flower

It is said in North Korea that music without politics is a flower without its fragrance, and the politics that North Korean music never fails to emit is revolutionary socialism. Yet, despite the revol…

October 13th, 2014
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Manchuria and North Korea-China relations

Manchuria and North Korea-China relations

In 1945 the Japanese empire collapsed and the Japanese puppet state of Manchukuo followed its sponsor into oblivion. Technically, the area then known as “Manchuria” was returned to China after a s…

October 13th, 2014
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Moon: Park administration fails to build trust

Moon: Park administration fails to build trust

After setbacks during the Lee Myung-bak administration (2008-13), incumbent South Korean President Park Geun-hye voiced interest in improving relations through a trust-building process. And Park ha…

October 10th, 2014
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Experts criticize WHO’s North Korea suicide stats

Experts criticize WHO’s North Korea suicide stats

A study released last month by the World Health Organization placed North Korea’s suicide rate at among the worst in the world, but a number of scientists have slammed its conclusions. The report…

October 10th, 2014
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Kim Jong Un still a no-show, but coup unlikely

Kim Jong Un still a no-show, but coup unlikely

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un broke his precedent of midnight appearances for a Party Foundation Day anniversary on Friday and remains a no-show, a name list published by the Korea Central News Age…

October 10th, 2014
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