October 17, 2019

Analysis, Opinion & Investigation

Why the U.S. still knows worryingly little about how to deal with North Korea

A naïve President and so-called experts frequently show their lack of historical understanding

Robert E. McCoyOct 17, 2019

Ask a North Korean: how has drug culture evolved in North Korea?

"Many are driving themselves into ruin for a momentary escape from their depressing reality"

Tae-il ShimOct 16, 2019
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The last voyage of the Pong Su - an NKNews Podcast special episode

The Age's Richard Baker discusses the DPRK's role in one of the biggest drug smuggling cases in Australian history

Storm clouds over Stockholm: DPRK-U.S. talks fall apart – NKNews Podcast Ep.99

The NK News team discusses how and why working-level negotiations failed — and what happens next

Identity and multiculturalism in North and South Korea - NKNews Podcast Ep.98

Darcie Draudt discusses the changing face of South Korea -- and its implications for the North

Making sense of North Korea's messy statistics – NKNews Podcast Ep.97

The AEI's Nicholas Eberstadt discusses getting to grips with the DPRK's unreliable official numbers

Understanding North Korea's surveillance state – NKNews Podcast Ep.96

UPenn PhD candidate Benjamin Silberstein discusses law, order, and control in the DPRK

The legacy of the 1989 World Festival - NKNews Podcast Ep.95

Historian August Myrseth discusses the landmark festival's long-term impact

Get Behind The Headlines


What to make of Kim Jong Un's impromptu visit to Mount Paektu this week

State media reporting was rich in symbolism, projecting the DPRK leader's power and determination

How China uses tourism to alleviate sanctions pressure on North Korea

The flow of PRC visitors to the DPRK can be turned on and off like a tap, helping Beijing stay in control

Park Jong-cholOct 15, 2019

Why U.S.-South Korea F-35 sales are exacerbating the threat from Pyongyang

Breaking the impasse will require more than just talk — dropping provocative arms deals is a good place to start

Pratik ChouguleOct 14, 2019

What Trump's withdrawal of troops from northern Syria could mean for Korea

The transactional President has once again sent a chilling message to U.S. allies

Dennis P. HalpinOct 13, 2019

On party founding anniversary, North Korea bolsters Kim Jong Un's leadership

The Rodong Sinmun's unusual emphasis of Kim tracks with post-Hanoi developments


Fueling the country: tracking North Korea's growing number of gas stations

Reflecting increasing demand, new stations are popping up across the DPRK

Jacob BogleOct 11, 2019

North Korean ship sails with Kiribati flag, loiters near Shanghai

The case is the latest in a series of unusual DPRK vessel broadcasts and voyages

Leo ByrneOct 10, 2019

North Korea reinforces ideological education against “bourgeois” values

The renewed “class education” campaign builds on weapons tests and uptick in anti-U.S. rhetoric

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