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
0
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
0
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
6
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
5
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
2
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
1
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
0
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
0
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
3
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
4
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
2
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
4
Reflections on missed opportunities of Kim Il Sung’s death

Reflections on missed opportunities of Kim Il Sung’s death

Twenty years ago, on July 8, 1994, Kim Il Sung suddenly died – 17 days before what would have been the first inter-Korean summit. The weeks leading up to Kim’s death – even his funeral itself …

July 7th, 2014
1
When two triangles fall apart: The new Korean geopolitics

When two triangles fall apart: The new Korean geopolitics

As I write, North Korea and Japan – two states that could hardly hate each other more – are talking in Beijing. This week China’s president will meet his best Korean friend – in Seoul, not Pyo…

July 2nd, 2014
0
Track II negotiations and North Korea's nuclear program: Are they effective?

Track II negotiations and North Korea's nuclear program: Are they effective?

Even during long periods in which North Korean and U.S. have had little contact, it would be inaccurate to say that North Koreans and Americans are not talking about the North’s nuclear program. …

June 25th, 2014
0