What do defectors miss most their lives in North Korea?

What do defectors miss most their lives in North Korea?

Although many defectors feel they had no choice but to leave North Korea, it's important to remember that the DPRK was once the place they called home – in some cases for several decades or more. An…

April 18th, 2014
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How an assertive Russia views the Korean Peninsula

How an assertive Russia views the Korean Peninsula

Russia and Ukraine may have reached a deal to calm tensions that capped by Moscow’s invasion of the Crimean Peninsula, but Russia's actions show what lengths it will go to defend its interest, even …

April 18th, 2014
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Spy-case causes stir in defector community

Spy-case causes stir in defector community

As the final verdict approaches in the appeal trial on Yoo Woo-seong’s espionage case, tensions have ramped up in South Korea's defector community. Last week, 10 defector organizations in the Sou…

April 17th, 2014
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Why interest in the North Korean army is dropping

Why interest in the North Korean army is dropping

North Korean army barracks are not a nice place to be, even by the tough standards of barracks worldwide. Conditions are tough, food supplies are poor and discipline is harsh. To make matters worse, t…

April 17th, 2014
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What should South Korea do to prepare for change in North Korea? Refugee Insights

What should South Korea do to prepare for change in North Korea? Refugee Insights

It's not hard to find North Korea watchers who are critical about the level of effort being made in South Korea to prepare for major change in the DPRK. Although South Korea's Ministry of Unification …

April 16th, 2014
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Where sexist, anti-Park rhetoric comes from and what it means

Where sexist, anti-Park rhetoric comes from and what it means

North Korea is not known for its ringing endorsements of South Korea’s leadership, but its recent assessments of Park Geun-hye have taken a very personal tone of late. Specifically, they have res…

April 16th, 2014
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Breakdancing in North Korea: Celebrating Kim Il Sung's Birthday

Breakdancing in North Korea: Celebrating Kim Il Sung's Birthday

When you see the pictures and videos coming out of Pyongyang today, you might be surprised by what you see. But I don't want these pictures to make you think that North Korea is just a land of robots …

April 15th, 2014
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What are the biggest misconceptions towards the North in South Korea?

What are the biggest misconceptions towards the North in South Korea?

Despite a shared language, blood and culture, as decades of division continue to pass the two Koreas keep growing further and further apart. And while reunification remains an official goal in both No…

April 14th, 2014
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Japan Media Watch: April 6 to 12

Japan Media Watch: April 6 to 12

NK News monitors, summarizes and translates stories focused on North Korea in the Japanese media. Last week saw the following stories covered by Japanese media: THE ABDUCTION ISSUE Rela…

April 13th, 2014
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What to expect at the Pyongyang Marathon

What to expect at the Pyongyang Marathon

For the first time since its inception in 1981, recreational runners from around the world will be permitted to participate in the Pyongyang Marathon, taking place Sunday. According to the handful…

April 12th, 2014
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Do North Koreans still believe the Pyongyang Propaganda? Defector perspectives

Do North Koreans still believe the Pyongyang Propaganda? Defector perspectives

Learning from Josef Stalin, North Korean founding leader Kim Il Sung knew early on that it was essential for Pyongyang to take complete control of the emerging post-war North Korea information environ…

April 11th, 2014
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How change in South Korea changes the North

How change in South Korea changes the North

Book Review: “Contentious Activism & Inter-Korean Relations”, by Danielle L. Chubb, Columbia University Press, 2014. How much is it possible to learn about North Korean human rights or the …

April 11th, 2014
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Data shows Brazilian exports to North Korea soared in 2013

Data shows Brazilian exports to North Korea soared in 2013

Exports from Brazil to North Korean saw a 446 percent increase in the first nine months of 2013 compared to the same time period in 2012, according to data released by the Brazilian Foreign Affairs Mi…

April 10th, 2014
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Supreme People’s Assembly session results in leadership changes

Supreme People’s Assembly session results in leadership changes

The 13th Supreme People’s Assembly of the DPRK – North Korea’s legislature - held its first session in Pyongyang on Tuesday, state media reported. Kim Jong Un presided over the session. The legi…

April 10th, 2014
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How long until North Korea collapses? Eleven defector perspectives

How long until North Korea collapses? Eleven defector perspectives

Predicting North Korea's collapse has for decades been a popular topic among pundits and specialists worldwide – albeit normally one of subsequent embarrassment when things don't go quite as thought…

April 9th, 2014
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