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Why North Korea insists playing basketball makes you taller

Why North Korea insists playing basketball makes you taller

State propaganda has pushed dubious claim since 60s, and it may have even driven Kim Jong Un’s obsession with the sport

Why North Korea insists playing basketball makes you taller
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Yong Ja HongJun 13, 2024
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State media review: North Korea’s Harry Potter-loving child vlogger reappears

An in-depth analysis of Kim Jong Un kissing kids, a cruel children’s animation, a letter for Putin and more

State media review: North Korea’s Harry Potter-loving child vlogger reappears
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Seung-Yeon ChungJun 13, 2024
State media review: North Korea’s Harry Potter-loving child vlogger reappears
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Daniel Pinkston: How North Korea uses technology to control its citizens

Analyst discusses the rise of ‘digital authoritarianism,’ as well as the humor behind the DPRK’s trash balloons

ROK restarts propaganda loudspeakers, and North Korean construction inside DMZ

NK News’ Ifang Bremer talks rising inter-Korean tensions and a mysterious DPRK land-clearing operation

Peter Moody: North Korean pop propaganda, girl groups and lyric revisionism

Historian Peter Moody discusses the regime’s use of songs to spread its message and the potential of musical engagement

North Korean trash balloons, Kim Yo Jong snark and Seoul’s loudspeaker threats

The NK News team discusses the DPRK’s waste barrage and how South Korea might retaliate

Why the US seeks dialogue with North Korea on human rights – Ep. 344

Julie Turner discusses her work as US envoy on DPRK human rights and how the global community can help North Koreans

The surprising similarities between North Korea and Taiwan – Ep. 343

Journalist Yang Chien-hao compares and contrasts Taiwan’s relationship with China and South Korea's ties with the North

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What to make of ‘milestone’ US-ROK nuke guidelines on deterring North Korea

What to make of ‘milestone’ US-ROK nuke guidelines on deterring North Korea

While some see promise in integrating nuclear and conventional forces, others raise concern Seoul is fixated on WMDs

What to make of ‘milestone’ US-ROK nuke guidelines on deterring North Korea
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Jeongmin KimJun 12, 2024
Up to eleven: How ROK loudspeakers blare propaganda far into North Korea

Up to eleven: How ROK loudspeakers blare propaganda far into North Korea

Mobile speakers can reportedly broadcast over 20 miles, but experts say terrain and weather can muddle the message

Up to eleven: How ROK loudspeakers blare propaganda far into North Korea
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Joe SmithJun 12, 2024
North Korea sprucing up giant deserted beach resort to finally welcome guests
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North Korea sprucing up giant deserted beach resort to finally welcome guests

Satellite imagery shows road paving at Wonsan-Kalma resort and new work on arena, 4 years after original deadline

North Korea sprucing up giant deserted beach resort to finally welcome guests
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Colin ZwirkoJun 12, 2024
Sonic war: How propaganda loudspeakers have amplified inter-Korean strife

Sonic war: How propaganda loudspeakers have amplified inter-Korean strife

North and South Korea once traded artillery fire over loudspeakers, but they have also found ways to deescalate in past

Sonic war: How propaganda loudspeakers have amplified inter-Korean strife
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Gabriela BernalJun 11, 2024
How North Korea will retaliate against the restart of ROK loudspeaker broadcasts
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How North Korea will retaliate against the restart of ROK loudspeaker broadcasts

DPRK threatened ‘new counteractions,’ and NK Pro analysis suggest this could range from drones to artillery fire

How North Korea will retaliate against the restart of ROK loudspeaker broadcasts
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Jeongmin KimJun 11, 2024
Up in smoke: Satellite imagery captures North Korea’s war against wildfires
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Up in smoke: Satellite imagery captures North Korea’s war against wildfires

NK Pro analysis shows dozens of fires raged this spring, and expert say DPRK isn’t ready for bigger blazes to come

Up in smoke: Satellite imagery captures North Korea’s war against wildfires
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Anton SokolinJun 10, 2024
The political conditions North Korea needs to successfully subjugate the South
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The political conditions North Korea needs to successfully subjugate the South

An invasion may look unlikely for now, but geopolitical changes around peninsula could one day inspire Pyongyang to act

The political conditions North Korea needs to successfully subjugate the South
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Andrei LankovJun 10, 2024
Architect of 2018 military agreement with North Korea reflects on deal's demise

Architect of 2018 military agreement with North Korea reflects on deal's demise

In an interview with NK News, Choi Jong-kun talks recent inter-Korean tension and DPRK engagement going forward

Architect of 2018 military agreement with North Korea reflects on deal's demise
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