January 20, 2022

Analysis

Leading experts analyze recent events and affairs involving North Korea

The week in North Korean state media: A review of Jan. 14 to Jan. 20
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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
Seung-Yeon Chung
Seung-Yeon Chung January 20, 2022
‘Absolutely crazy’: Chaos at Chinese ports, Omicron threaten DPRK trade restart
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‘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
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell January 20, 2022
Phoning it in: Expect another year of nothing from Biden on North Korea
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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
James Fretwell
James Fretwell January 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
Benjamin R. Young
Benjamin R. Young January 19, 2022
Timeline: How North Korean propaganda dialed back focus on Kim Jong Un in 2021
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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
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser January 19, 2022
North Korea risks angering China with missile launches ahead of Winter Olympics
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North Korea risks angering China with missile launches ahead of Winter Olympics

China’s looking for a PR win, and won’t appreciate Kim Jong Un stealing the spotlight in February

North Korea risks angering China with missile launches ahead of Winter Olympics
James Fretwell
James Fretwell January 17, 2022
The new normal? Experts see little hope for full restart of North Korean trade
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The new normal? Experts see little hope for full restart of North Korean trade

Even after resumption of overland trade, erratic policy-making and new virus strains could reverse progress in 2022

The new normal? Experts see little hope for full restart of North Korean trade
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll | Ethan Jewell January 17, 2022
North Korea wants women to bear children for the motherland. They aren’t.

North Korea wants women to bear children for the motherland. They aren’t.

The DPRK’s fertility rate is sliding down and its population aging despite the state’s pro-natalist policies

North Korea wants women to bear children for the motherland. They aren’t.
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov January 17, 2022
North Korea’s test of rail-based missiles continues emphasis on survivability
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North Korea’s test of rail-based missiles continues emphasis on survivability

Launch sites near Chinese border could be difficult to target, while still putting US military headquarters within range

North Korea’s test of rail-based missiles continues emphasis on survivability
Ankit Panda
Ankit Panda January 15, 2022
Too little, too late? Understanding Washington’s latest North Korea sanctions
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Too little, too late? Understanding Washington’s latest North Korea sanctions

Unilateral sanctions substitute for broader UN action and draw attention to overseas DPRK activities, experts say

Too little, too late? Understanding Washington’s latest North Korea sanctions
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll January 14, 2022
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