September 17, 2021

Analysis, Opinion & Investigation

As Japanese election approaches, Shinzo Abe’s legacy on North Korea looms large

As Japanese election approaches, Shinzo Abe’s legacy on North Korea looms large

Former prime minister championed abduction issue but oversaw deteriorating relations with Pyongyang and Seoul

As Japanese election approaches, Shinzo Abe’s legacy on North Korea looms large
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Oliver JiaSep 16, 2021

The eccentric South Korean intellectual in Pyongyang’s employ

Song Du-yul acted as an enthusiastic propagandist for the regime and likely held a prominent role in the bureaucracy

The eccentric South Korean intellectual in Pyongyang’s employ
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Andrei LankovSep 16, 2021
The eccentric South Korean intellectual in Pyongyang’s employ
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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

Telling North Korean resettlers' stories with fashion - NKNews Podcast Ep. 195

Jihyun Kang and Marie Boes discuss how their company ISTORY designs clothes to counter stereotypes and misunderstanding

Get Behind The Headlines

What we know about North Korea’s new cruise missiles
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What we know about North Korea’s new cruise missiles

Latest tests underscore the continuing push in North Korea to qualitatively advance nuclear delivery capabilities

What we know about North Korea’s new cruise missiles
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Ankit PandaSep 16, 2021
Ask a North Korean: What do North Koreans typically eat?

Ask a North Korean: What do North Koreans typically eat?

Most eat simple Korean fare, but restaurants have also exploded in popularity among those who can afford to eat out

Ask a North Korean: What do North Koreans typically eat?
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Alek SigleySep 15, 2021
‘Our Father, Kim Jong Un’: North Korea rolls out new kids music videos

‘Our Father, Kim Jong Un’: North Korea rolls out new kids music videos

Latest appeal to young North Koreans comes amid nationwide effort to stamp out ‘dangerous’ foreign influences

‘Our Father, Kim Jong Un’: North Korea rolls out new kids music videos
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Colin ZwirkoSep 14, 2021
North Korea’s long-range missiles pose the greatest threat to Seoul
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North Korea’s long-range missiles pose the greatest threat to Seoul

DPRK’s ICBMs would disrupt US deterrence not because they can reach Washington but because they threaten ROK, Japan

North Korea’s long-range missiles pose the greatest threat to Seoul
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Ben SandoSep 14, 2021
Kids these days: North Korea calls on youth to emulate their virtuous parents

Kids these days: North Korea calls on youth to emulate their virtuous parents

A North Korean radio drama gives important insights into growing generational divides inside the country

Kids these days: North Korea calls on youth to emulate their virtuous parents
The Kim regime's failed witch hunt against magic and 'superstition'

The Kim regime's failed witch hunt against magic and 'superstition'

Shamans and fortune-tellers continue to operate in North Korea despite crackdowns and punishments

The Kim regime's failed witch hunt against magic and 'superstition'
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Andrei LankovSep 13, 2021
How Xi Jinping’s growing personality cult differs from Kim family worship

How Xi Jinping’s growing personality cult differs from Kim family worship

North Korea’s idolatry is rooted in past accomplishments while China’s Xi stakes his legitimacy on future performance

How Xi Jinping’s growing personality cult differs from Kim family worship
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Benjamin R. YoungSep 13, 2021
Bottoms up! The culture of drinking in North Korea

Bottoms up! The culture of drinking in North Korea

DPRK beverages outshine their South Korean equivalents, and sharing a drink is a great way for tourists to meet locals

Bottoms up! The culture of drinking in North Korea
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Gareth JohnsonSep 10, 2021
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