'Northern Limit Line' about more than past inter-Korean clash

'Northern Limit Line' about more than past inter-Korean clash

A recently released film has raised controversy in South Korean society and political circles, though this may be expected considering its subject material. Northern Limit Line (NLL), named for t…

June 29th, 2015
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Bang to rights! Pyongyang plays games – or rather doesn’t

Bang to rights! Pyongyang plays games – or rather doesn’t

Besides the honor of being a writer for NK News, I’m also an avid reader. Every day I eagerly await the arrival in my inbox of a fresh NK News Pro Morning Briefing. Hard as I constantly scour the me…

June 25th, 2015
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Rock band in N. Korea: No Scorpions 'Wind of Change,' but interesting nonetheless

Rock band in N. Korea: No Scorpions 'Wind of Change,' but interesting nonetheless

Following news that Communist-era rock band Laibach will perform in North Korea for 'Victory Day' celebrations, Gregory Scarlatoiu – a former Eastern European citizen and Executive Director of …

June 11th, 2015
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Reform citizenship education in South Korea

Reform citizenship education in South Korea

South Korean culture plays a large role in North Korean defectors’ unsuccessful integration. Differences between North Korea and South Korea that have widened in recent decades have made it difficul…

June 11th, 2015
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Will North Korea make Obama’s trifecta? Don’t bet on it

Will North Korea make Obama’s trifecta? Don’t bet on it

Recent changes in foreign policy towards Cuba and Iran have naturally led to people wondering, and some urging, that there will be a similar shift in policy towards North Korea, with others opposed to…

June 9th, 2015
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Should North Korean speakers be given a public platform?

Should North Korean speakers be given a public platform?

I gather from a message from a former colleague in the Foreign Office that the DPRK ambassador to London and Aidan Foster-Carter are to debate on perspectives on the current situation on the Korean pe…

June 5th, 2015
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Most of North Korea’s victims will be forgotten

Most of North Korea’s victims will be forgotten

When people talk about the sufferings of victims of North Korean concentration camps, it is often assumed that after it is all over the victims’ names will be remembered and the atrocities of guards…

May 27th, 2015
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Did WomenCross benefit North Koreans? Yes and no

Did WomenCross benefit North Koreans? Yes and no

It could be many years before anyone is able to definitively conclude whether the 30 female participants in #womencrossdmz2015 accomplished anything at all, much less the “enormous triumph” that 8…

May 26th, 2015
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The (North Korean) Prince

The (North Korean) Prince

To His Royal Majesty, the Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, from the most humble and respectful High Representative of the International Machiavellian Society. We have followed Your Majesty’s progre…

May 11th, 2015
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Doing ‘the Dance’ with a nuclear North Korea

Doing ‘the Dance’ with a nuclear North Korea

Once the current focus on negotiations with Iran to curb its nuclear weapons program ebbs, attention will inevitably turn once again to the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, as North Korea is form…

May 8th, 2015
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North and South Korea: Toujours triste

North and South Korea: Toujours triste

The end of April continues to see a major focus in Washington on all things Korean, North and South. That indefatigable champion for North Korean human rights, Suzanne Scholte, will be bringing North …

April 29th, 2015
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American soldiers need to leave South Korea

American soldiers need to leave South Korea

It's time for the United States to withdraw its soldiers from Korea. This has nothing to do with “liberating South Korea from U.S. imperialism,” and nothing to do with American retrenchment and is…

April 22nd, 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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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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News media keeps missing the point on North Korea

News media keeps missing the point on North Korea

Some time ago, I had a rather telling conversation at an office of a media outlet for which I have, for many years, been a frequent contributor. The editor told me that he was not very happy about …

April 7th, 2015
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