August 18, 2022
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When North Korea invited East German secret police to Pyongyang - Ep. 249

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By backing Russia in Donbas, Kim Jong Un trades self-reliance for puppetry
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By backing Russia in Donbas, Kim Jong Un trades self-reliance for puppetry

Recognizing pseudo-states marks radical shift for North Korea, but cuddling up to Moscow could make peninsula safer

By backing Russia in Donbas, Kim Jong Un trades self-reliance for puppetry
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State media review: North Korea celebrates Liberation Day by slamming Japan

An in-depth analysis of praise of Kim Il Sung, an investigation into colonial-era force labor and COVID policy changes

State media review: North Korea celebrates Liberation Day by slamming Japan
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Seung-Yeon ChungAug 18, 2022
State media review: North Korea celebrates Liberation Day by slamming Japan
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When North Korea invited East German secret police to Pyongyang - Ep. 249

Bernd Schaefer discusses how the Stasi helped the DPRK host a massive festival just months before the Berlin Wall fell

North Korea threatens death penalty for illegal drug sales - Ep. 248

The NK News team talks latest developments on DPRK, from forced repatriation to COVID and more

Up close and personal at the Demilitarized Zone - Ep. 247

NK News team members and former military cross Civilian Control Line to get close to North Korea in central border area

Emerging North Korean threats in cyber and outer space - Ep. 246

Cho Dongyoun talks unmanned aerial vehicles, DPRK battlefield tactics, South Korean defenses and more

How Sweden created a safe space for North Korea talks – NKNews Podcast Ep. 245

Ambassador Jakob Hallgren discusses the 2018 summitry and Stockholms role in diplomacy on the Korean Peninsula

North Korea blames ‘alien things’ for COVID-19 outbreak - NKNews Podcast Ep. 244

The NK News team discusses anti-DPRK balloon launches, trilateral military drills, tactical nuke deployments and more

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Yoon Suk-yeol’s plan to denuclearize North Korea isn’t so ‘audacious’ after all
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Yoon Suk-yeol’s plan to denuclearize North Korea isn’t so ‘audacious’ after all

Offers of aid will do little to persuade Kim Jong Un without security guarantees, something Seoul says it can’t provide

Yoon Suk-yeol’s plan to denuclearize North Korea isn’t so ‘audacious’ after all
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James FretwellAug 17, 2022
Easing COVID rules a way for North Korea to project control — including to China

Easing COVID rules a way for North Korea to project control — including to China

Experts say changes may seek to allay public dissatisfaction and convince Beijing to resume cross-border trade

Easing COVID rules a way for North Korea to project control — including to China
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Ifang BremerAug 17, 2022
North Korea eyes China border trade resumption as quarantine center cleared
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North Korea eyes China border trade resumption as quarantine center cleared

Imagery shows movement at freight intake platforms after Kim Jong Un ordered ‘reexamination’ of COVID border policies

North Korea eyes China border trade resumption as quarantine center cleared
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Colin ZwirkoAug 16, 2022
How corruption conquered North Korea, and why it’s there to stay
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How corruption conquered North Korea, and why it’s there to stay

While Kim Il Sung launched campaigns that curbed graft, Kim Jong Un has found corruption beneficial to his regime

How corruption conquered North Korea, and why it’s there to stay
With military makeover, Kim Jong Un asserts his own power in face of troubles
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With military makeover, Kim Jong Un asserts his own power in face of troubles

North Korean leader donning white military garb is gesture that seeks to diminish symbolic standing of his predecessors

With military makeover, Kim Jong Un asserts his own power in face of troubles
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Fyodor TertitskiyAug 15, 2022
100,000 North Korean soldiers won’t fight in Ukraine. But a few dozen might.

100,000 North Korean soldiers won’t fight in Ukraine. But a few dozen might.

The DPRK has deployed troops to foreign conflicts before, from the Vietnam War to the civil war in Syria

100,000 North Korean soldiers won’t fight in Ukraine. But a few dozen might.
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James FretwellAug 12, 2022
Ask a North Korean: How do you move to a new house in the DPRK?

Ask a North Korean: How do you move to a new house in the DPRK?

North Koreans can only move under specific circumstances, and even then finding affordable housing is nigh impossible

Ask a North Korean: How do you move to a new house in the DPRK?
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JinAug 12, 2022
China’s retaliation over Taiwan endangers cooperation on North Korea: Experts

China’s retaliation over Taiwan endangers cooperation on North Korea: Experts

Increasing hostility between Beijing and Washington could give Pyongyang more leeway to evade sanctions

China’s retaliation over Taiwan endangers cooperation on North Korea: Experts
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Ethan JewellAug 12, 2022
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