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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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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Photoblog: Spending time in the rarely visited northeast of North Korea

Photoblog: Spending time in the rarely visited northeast of North Korea

In late September 2014, I traveled to the north eastern most province of the DPRK, North Hamgyong. Unlike most trips to this region, which start in Pyongyang and then travel to North Korea's third cit…

January 19th, 2015
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The Sony hack: A brave new world of cyber confusion

The Sony hack: A brave new world of cyber confusion

The hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment in late November 2014 has generated a new clash between the United States and North Korea, a furor over what by most accounts is a very bad film, a huge numb…

January 16th, 2015
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We are family: Is Hwang Pyong So a Cholla chap?

We are family: Is Hwang Pyong So a Cholla chap?

Warning: The following story may not be true. But when did that ever stop anyone writing about North Korea? Hey, it’s a great tale. And it might be true, though as yet we lack proof. The source i…

January 12th, 2015
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Farewell from a former North Korean resident

Farewell from a former North Korean resident

It's time we said goodbye to the year of 2014 that has become our history, also it is time for me to close my cycle at NK News. But before we greet the year of 2015 I would like to recall my achieveme…

January 5th, 2015
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North Korea, darkness risible: The ironies of Sonygate

North Korea, darkness risible: The ironies of Sonygate

As a movie plot it would be gripping, if far-fetched. A rising young comic, who happens to be Canadian, makes a film for a major Hollywood studio, which happens to be Japanese-owned. The film satirize…

January 1st, 2015
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After Havana, why not Pyongyang?

After Havana, why not Pyongyang?

The unthinkable has happened: the United States of America has finally embarked on a process to establish formal diplomatic relations with the Republic of Cuba. After half a century of rather unsucces…

December 22nd, 2014
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Three-year anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death important milestone

Three-year anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death important milestone

The third anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death, December 17, 2014, may very well turn out to be the most significant one historically in terms of North Korea’s leadership structure and policy trajec…

December 17th, 2014
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North Korean art comes to London

North Korean art comes to London

I have been rather silent on these (and other) pages recently as I finished a book – apologies for the shameless publicity but more details will follow in due course. But we found time to visit the …

November 28th, 2014
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Why Kim Jong Un's special envoy just met Vladimir Putin

Why Kim Jong Un's special envoy just met Vladimir Putin

Choe Ryong Hae, the special envoy of Kim Jong Un, is now in Russia. Officially he is in Moscow to discuss economic relations between the two countries, as well as international and regional issues. …

November 20th, 2014
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What was Panetta thinking?

What was Panetta thinking?

I have long considered North Korea’s frequent charge that the U.S. is contemplating a nuclear strike clunky and unconvincing. The assertion seemed very much over the top, and as we know from the fai…

November 20th, 2014
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Why North Korea attracts so much sensational media coverage

Why North Korea attracts so much sensational media coverage

With the growth of the Internet and social media, the way news is both produced and consumed has changed rapidly in recent years. Demand for traditional print and broadcast media is continually dec…

November 19th, 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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Manchuria: The third Korea

Manchuria: The third Korea

It is obvious now that there are two Koreas in the world. There is another area, though, that is often referred to as the third Korea: large parts of Northeast China, near the Sino-Korean border, wher…

October 9th, 2014
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