What N. Koreans think of S. Korean entertainment

What N. Koreans think of S. Korean entertainment

The last two decades have been a time in which South Korean movies and TV shows have spread across North Korea. Technically, South Korean videos have always been illegal in the realm of the Kim dynast…

September 1st, 2014
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North Korea – by those who have lived there

North Korea – by those who have lived there

Having been lambasted in the pages of the Huffington Post and in somewhat more measured tones in the British House of Lords following my last essay on the British Council’s photographic exhibition,…

August 25th, 2014
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North Korean dialect as a Soviet Russian translation

North Korean dialect as a Soviet Russian translation

Many of my English-language colleagues and friends complain that it is surprisingly difficult to translate North Korean language texts into English. The result, they say, often sounds highly artificia…

August 21st, 2014
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Meet Mr. Pak: North Korean entrepreneur

Meet Mr. Pak: North Korean entrepreneur

Let me introduce you to an acquaintance of mine, Mr. Pak (not his real name, of course). I have known him for a long time, and have even worked with him on a number of projects. I think many of you mi…

August 19th, 2014
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Losing face: Explaining Pyongyang’s currency change

Losing face: Explaining Pyongyang’s currency change

This week, North Korea’s central bank began replacing the country’s highest denomination currency unit: the 5,000 won. After paying visits to the Korean Central Bank to make their own exchanges, D…

August 12th, 2014
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Grading Obama’s North Korea approach

Grading Obama’s North Korea approach

We are reaching the mid-way point of President Obama’s second term, and now seems to be a good time to make some preliminary conclusions about the Obama administration. Of course, the present author…

August 8th, 2014
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The Great Illusion – South Korean version

The Great Illusion – South Korean version

In 1910 Norman Angell published his famous book The Great Illusion, in which he argued that war between the interlocked advanced economies would be so dysfunctional that militarism was obsolete. 1914 …

July 30th, 2014
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Ten Things We Learned from Dr. Andrei Lankov's Reddit AMA

Ten Things We Learned from Dr. Andrei Lankov's Reddit AMA

Recently NK News, with the help of /r/NorthKoreaNews organized an Ask Me Anything session with Dr. Andrei Lankov on Reddit. The response was extremely enthusiastic, with nearly 200 contributions to th…

July 25th, 2014
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Bill on N. Korea sanctions still awaits full House vote

Bill on N. Korea sanctions still awaits full House vote

Nearly two months ago the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives approved the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act, designed to crack down on both its human rights violations …

July 25th, 2014
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The two Koreas, coming to terms with Russian assistance

The two Koreas, coming to terms with Russian assistance

Summer 2014 witnessed new examples of deepening Russian involvement into North Korea and her increased efforts to help improve North-South relations. Obviously the “Russian card” is approved at th…

July 23rd, 2014
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Welcome to the NK News podcast

Welcome to the NK News podcast

From mobile phones and mesh networking to talking propaganda butterflies, the recently launched NK News podcast is exploring a wide range of subjects dealing with North Korea and the forces shaping it…

July 23rd, 2014
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Why despite recent arrests, there are few risks in traveling to North Korea

Why despite recent arrests, there are few risks in traveling to North Korea

The recent arrest and expected trial of two American tourists – Matthew Todd Miller and Jeffrey Fowle – has once again raised much fear among the few Americans, and broadly speaking Westerners, wh…

July 21st, 2014
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Mongolia’s tango with Pyongyang

Mongolia’s tango with Pyongyang

On May 23 Mongolia provided North Korea and the United States neutral ground in its capital for track 1.5 meetings. Presumably, North Korea’s chief nuclear envoy met with two former U.S. State Depar…

July 16th, 2014
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Pictures at an exhibition: We need more cultural exchange with the DPRK

Pictures at an exhibition: We need more cultural exchange with the DPRK

Since Britain established diplomatic relations with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) in December 2000, the number of substantive exchanges between the two countries has been s…

July 11th, 2014
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Arms and the man: The importance of being Jon Pyong Ho

Arms and the man: The importance of being Jon Pyong Ho

Look at that face. Hewn from the living rock, wouldn’t you say? A face that has seen much, but not said too much. Keep your own counsel: That’s how you live to be 88 in North Korea. Jon Pyong H…

July 10th, 2014
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