January 21, 2022
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Missile tests, train shipments and redefection, oh my! - NKNews Podcast Ep. 218

Analysis, Opinion & Investigation

Why North Korea won’t act on its threat to launch long-range missiles — yet
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Why North Korea won’t act on its threat to launch long-range missiles — yet

Pyongyang hopes to pressure the US to make concessions, but without angering its ally China

Why North Korea won’t act on its threat to launch long-range missiles — yet
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Andrei LankovJan 21, 2022
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Two years on: Humanitarian consequences of North Korea’s border lockdown

With the return of aid workers to the DPRK nowhere in sight, conditions for the most vulnerable are likely worsening

Two years on: Humanitarian consequences of North Korea’s border lockdown
Two years on: Humanitarian consequences of North Korea’s border lockdown
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Missile tests, train shipments and redefection, oh my! - NKNews Podcast Ep. 218

The NK News team discusses the DPRK’s rapid series of missile launches, a dramatic border crossing and other recent news

Unification ministry veterans promoting Korean peace - NKNews Podcast Ep. 217

Kim Hyeong-seok and J.R. Kim discuss their new Council on Diplomacy for Korean Unification

Opening the first US news bureau in North Korea - NKNews Podcast Ep. 216

Jean Lee discusses the advantages and hurdles to doing journalism in the DPRK, working with local staff and more

The biggest North Korea stories of 2021 - NKNews Podcast Ep. 215

The NK News team discusses Kim Jong Un’s health, the DPRKs new ‘dark age’ and their predictions for the year ahead

Seeing past North Korean propaganda - NKNews Podcast Ep. 214

CNN correspondent Will Ripley discusses his interviews with prisoners, officials, locals and more on trips to the DPRK

Broadcasting live from Pyongyang - NKNews Podcast Ep. 213

Mike Chinoy discusses his 17 trips to North Korea and the challenges of reporting for CNN from inside the country

Get Behind The Headlines

The problematic assumptions that cause North Korea predictions to go wrong

The problematic assumptions that cause North Korea predictions to go wrong

Hawks and doves often believe the worst about each other, leading to unrealistic prognostications and poor policy

The problematic assumptions that cause North Korea predictions to go wrong
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Rob YorkJan 21, 2022
Small state, grand strategy: North Korea’s policy plans for 2022 and beyond
NK PRO

Small state, grand strategy: North Korea’s policy plans for 2022 and beyond

Despite an inward focus for this year, Pyongyang still eyes the big-picture goal of recognition as a nuclear state

Small state, grand strategy: North Korea’s policy plans for 2022 and beyond
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Edward HowellJan 21, 2022
The week in North Korean state media: A review of Jan. 14 to Jan. 20
NK PRO

The week in North Korean state media: A review of Jan. 14 to Jan. 20

An analytical look at Donald Trump’s gifts to Kim Jong Un, a fertilizer campaign, propaganda on ‘model’ wives and more

The week in North Korean state media: A review of Jan. 14 to Jan. 20
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Seung-Yeon ChungJan 20, 2022
‘Absolutely crazy’: Chaos at Chinese ports, Omicron threaten DPRK trade restart
NK PRO

‘Absolutely crazy’: Chaos at Chinese ports, Omicron threaten DPRK trade restart

Handful of cases can shutter entire port cities as Beijing pursues elusive zero-COVID approach

‘Absolutely crazy’: Chaos at Chinese ports, Omicron threaten DPRK trade restart
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Ethan JewellJan 20, 2022
Phoning it in: Expect another year of nothing from Biden on North Korea
NK PRO

Phoning it in: Expect another year of nothing from Biden on North Korea

Dealing with Kim Jong Un is more difficult than ever, and the White House has shown little urgency on engaging Pyongyang

Phoning it in: Expect another year of nothing from Biden on North Korea
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James FretwellJan 20, 2022
The North Korean studio that has animated a Christmas film and Italian cartoons

The North Korean studio that has animated a Christmas film and Italian cartoons

Newly sanctioned SEK Studio has worked with South Korean and European artists for decades, raising money for Pyongyang

The North Korean studio that has animated a Christmas film and Italian cartoons
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Benjamin R. YoungJan 19, 2022
Timeline: How North Korean propaganda dialed back focus on Kim Jong Un in 2021
NK PRO

Timeline: How North Korean propaganda dialed back focus on Kim Jong Un in 2021

More erratic messaging appears to reflect upheavals in propaganda leadership, as notable changes decline in second half

Timeline: How North Korean propaganda dialed back focus on Kim Jong Un in 2021
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Martin WeiserJan 19, 2022
Ask a North Korean: How do North Koreans get a driver’s license?

Ask a North Korean: How do North Koreans get a driver’s license?

Fuel shortages mean most get little driving practice before hitting the road, but there are ways to cheat the system

Ask a North Korean: How do North Koreans get a driver’s license?
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Alek SigleyJan 19, 2022
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