May 29, 2024
Analysis

Trains and sums and games: A busy month ahead for North Korea watchers

For once, we know what’s hot up North; there’s much to play for

Frankly, planning my work or indeed my life has never been my forte. North Korea is not a specialism for the anal-obsessive, or even the moderately self-organized. Planned economy be damned. They tell you next to nothing – and you never know what they’re going to do next.

But this month is different. Suddenly, April in and around Pyongyang bristles with what we hacks pray for: Known events. Some are regular, but most aren’t. And they’re all very varied.

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