September 27, 2021
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North Korean nukes, sanctions and the United Nations - NKNews Podcast Ep. 201

Analysis, Opinion & Investigation

Japan's next leader has a chance to reshape the country's North Korea policy
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Japan's next leader has a chance to reshape the country's North Korea policy

Tokyo has long insisted on resolving the abduction issue first, but the public increasingly prioritizes denuclearization

Japan's next leader has a chance to reshape the country's North Korea policy

A diplomat’s life: The pleasures of retail therapy in the North Korean capital

A former diplomat in Pyongyang recounts the realities of shopping in the city and the propaganda purpose of many stores

A diplomat’s life: The pleasures of retail therapy in the North Korean capital
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Taylor DarbySep 27, 2021
A diplomat’s life: The pleasures of retail therapy in the North Korean capital
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North Korean nukes, sanctions and the United Nations - NKNews Podcast Ep. 201

Former UN Panel of Experts member Maiko Takeuchi discusses the effectiveness of sanctions on DPRK denuclearization

A 200th episode roundtable - NKNews Podcast Ep. 200

NK News journalists and contributors discuss North Korea’s nighttime military parade, cruise missile tests and more

A Canadian detained in China - NKNews Podcast Ep. 199

As Michael Spavor marks 1,000 days in a Chinese prison, Kevin Garratt shares about his detention at the same facility

Creativity and propaganda in North Korean music - NKNews Podcast Ep. 198

Keith Howard explores the central role of music as an ideological tool and how it illuminates North Korean society

Failing to foresee China's entry into the Korean War - NKNews Podcast Ep. 197

Jonathan Corrado and Markus Garlauskas discuss the US intelligence failure and its relevance to contemporary challenges

Pyongyang or bust: DPRK tourism and the pandemic - NKNews Podcast Ep. 196

North Korea tourism professionals discuss the nature of the industry and its future after COVID-19

Get Behind The Headlines

After military parade, Kim Jong Un takes another two-week break from public view
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After military parade, Kim Jong Un takes another two-week break from public view

North Korean leader could be back at his east coast retreat, satellite imagery suggests

After military parade, Kim Jong Un takes another two-week break from public view
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Colin ZwirkoSep 24, 2021
The contentious field of North Korean studies: Schools of thought and divisions
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The contentious field of North Korean studies: Schools of thought and divisions

Analysts and researchers often disagree on core issues, from how to label the Kim regime to the DPRK’s nuclear program

The contentious field of North Korean studies: Schools of thought and divisions
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Benjamin R. YoungSep 24, 2021
When a Czechoslovak diplomat bemoaned the Prague Spring from Pyongyang

When a Czechoslovak diplomat bemoaned the Prague Spring from Pyongyang

Czechoslovakia played a unique role on the Korean Peninsula during the Cold War, rubbing some the wrong way

When a Czechoslovak diplomat bemoaned the Prague Spring from Pyongyang
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Fyodor TertitskiySep 23, 2021
NK Pro briefing: Why satellite imagery plays a critical role in DPRK research
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NK Pro briefing: Why satellite imagery plays a critical role in DPRK research

Andrew Brockfield and Colin Zwirko discuss how satellites help track everything from flooding to sanctions breaches

NK Pro briefing: Why satellite imagery plays a critical role in DPRK research
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Chad O'CarrollSep 23, 2021
North Korean disinfection zone still not operating despite activity: imagery
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North Korean disinfection zone still not operating despite activity: imagery

Reports previously suggested the zone would open in August to help kick-start trade with China

North Korean disinfection zone still not operating despite activity: imagery
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Colin ZwirkoSep 23, 2021
North Korea's new train-launched missiles are impressive, but not a game-changer
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North Korea's new train-launched missiles are impressive, but not a game-changer

New missiles are likely a niche capability, but may signal more missile-testing campaigns in the future

North Korea's new train-launched missiles are impressive, but not a game-changer
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Ankit PandaSep 23, 2021
With foreign minister's visit, China seeks to coax Seoul away from US
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With foreign minister's visit, China seeks to coax Seoul away from US

Beijing may dangle its leverage with North Korea as it aims to influence ROK policy ahead of presidential election

With foreign minister's visit, China seeks to coax Seoul away from US
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Anthony V. RinnaSep 22, 2021
Sleep easy, Seoul. The North Koreans aren’t taking over the peninsula.
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Sleep easy, Seoul. The North Koreans aren’t taking over the peninsula.

We should take the DPRK seriously. But Kim Jong Un is not about to invade the South — much less infiltrate or conquer it

Sleep easy, Seoul. The North Koreans aren’t taking over the peninsula.
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