June 03, 2020

Analysis, Opinion & Investigation


What to expect from Sino-DPRK trade as COVID-19 border measures ease

In Dandong, preparation has been ongoing to resume and expand cross-border exchange

Théo ClémentJun 03, 2020

Ask a North Korean: how does North Korea's secret police eavesdrop on citizens?

"Thoughts that go against the government may seem trivial, but monitoring them is an important task"

Tae-il ShimJun 03, 2020

Bringing American pro wrestling to North Korea - NKNews Podcast Ep.131

Eric Bischoff discusses "Collision in Korea," which still boasts the largest attendance for a wrestling event in history

The U.S.-ROK alliance in the "fire and fury" era - NKNews Podcast Ep.130

General Vincent Brooks discusses his command of USFK during a period of heightened tensions and summit diplomacy

The feasibility of détente between the U.S. and the DPRK - NKNews Podcast Ep.129

Author John Feffer discusses U.S.-DPRK relations and his and others' experiences traveling to North Korea

Photographing North Korea's 1989 World Festival - NKNews Podcast Ep.128

Acclaimed photographer Thomas Billhardt discusses his experiences at the 13th World Festival of Youth and Students

"Kim Il Sung's Children" - NKNews Podcast Ep.127

Filmmaker Young Kim discusses his documentary about North Korean orphans sent to Eastern Europe during the Korean War

Where in the world is Kim Jong Un? - NKNews Podcast Ep.126

NK News's Chad O'Carroll and Jeongmin Kim discuss the North Korean leader's possible condition and whereabouts

Get Behind The Headlines

Brewing up a storm: how Chinese imports fuel North Korea's booming beer industry

Even amid COVID-19 trade restrictions, DPRK imports of “essential” roasted malt continue unabated

Min Chao ChoyJun 02, 2020

Timeline: from Kim Jong Un's reappearance to an exchange of gunfire at the DMZ

NK Pro timeline charts the key events from May 1 - May 31

NK ProJun 02, 2020

"Kingdom of discrimination": North Korea's long interest in U.S. race relations

The DPRK has for decades served as a notable, but deeply insincere, supporter of African American struggle

Benjamin R. YoungJun 02, 2020

North Korea in May 2020: a month in review and what’s ahead

An analysis of the main developments between May 1 and May 31

NK ProJun 01, 2020

Show me the money: Pyongyang's reluctance to accept Seoul's olive branch

The North scoffs at mere symbolic exchange, but the South risks angering the U.S. by pursuing anything more substantial

Andrei LankovJun 01, 2020

Schrödinger's sanctions: South Korea plays down the May 24th Measures

Shelving ineffective unilateral sanctions makes sense, but the move is unlikely to jump-start inter-Korean cooperation

Christopher GreenMay 29, 2020

Puppetry of the peninsula: the two Koreas and the pursuit of freedom

The use and abuse of the "puppet" insult in Korea flags up real issues. In a perilous world, what’s a small state to do?

Why supporting de facto Chinese rule of North Korea would be a huge mistake

Allowing heavy Beijing intervention would exacerbate rather than resolve underlying tensions on the Korean peninsula

Wang Son-taekMay 28, 2020
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