March 21, 2023

Analysis

Leading experts analyze recent events and affairs involving North Korea

What North Korean media accidentally revealed about Pyongyang’s secret lockdown
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What North Korean media accidentally revealed about Pyongyang’s secret lockdown

State media did not report on recent emergency measures in capital, but photos help confirm what went unacknowledged

What North Korean media accidentally revealed about Pyongyang’s secret lockdown
Ángel García
Ángel García February 28, 2023
North Korea overhauls laws on drug use, private wealth and rape
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North Korea overhauls laws on drug use, private wealth and rape

Legal changes outline new crimes and punishment but promote leniency for even worst offenders who repent

North Korea overhauls laws on drug use, private wealth and rape
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser February 27, 2023
How North Korean state firms bend the rules to rake in cash from market activity
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How North Korean state firms bend the rules to rake in cash from market activity

Newly revealed DPRK law details crackdown on use of special privileges to dodge taxes, embezzle funds and more

How North Korean state firms bend the rules to rake in cash from market activity
Peter Ward
Peter Ward February 24, 2023
State media review: North Korea rejects humanitarian aid as ‘poison candy’
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State media review: North Korea rejects humanitarian aid as ‘poison candy’

An in-depth analysis of calls to resist outside help, praise for a new greenhouse farm, an animated love story and more

State media review: North Korea rejects humanitarian aid as ‘poison candy’
Seung-Yeon Chung
Seung-Yeon Chung February 23, 2023
Shinzo Abe’s posthumous memoir sheds light on North Korea diplomacy and Trump

Shinzo Abe’s posthumous memoir sheds light on North Korea diplomacy and Trump

Former Japanese prime minister explains why Trump sought summit with DPRK, criticizes ‘criminal’ Moon Jae-in and more

Shinzo Abe’s posthumous memoir sheds light on North Korea diplomacy and Trump
Oliver Jia
Oliver Jia February 22, 2023
Why it may not matter if North Korea’s missiles can survive atmospheric reentry
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Why it may not matter if North Korea’s missiles can survive atmospheric reentry

Some doubt DPRK reentry vehicles would work as intended, but nuclear deterrence can be effective despite uncertainties

Why it may not matter if North Korea’s missiles can survive atmospheric reentry
Ankit Panda
Ankit Panda February 22, 2023
The Ukraine war has drawn North Korea back into Moscow’s political orbit

The Ukraine war has drawn North Korea back into Moscow’s political orbit

Pyongyang has offered vocal and material support for Russia’s invasion and stands to gain as conflict enters second year

The Ukraine war has drawn North Korea back into Moscow’s political orbit
Benjamin R. Young
Benjamin R. Young February 22, 2023
What Kim Yo Jong’s missives say about North Korean priorities and sensitivities
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What Kim Yo Jong’s missives say about North Korean priorities and sensitivities

DPRK leader’s sister has repeatedly insulted South Korean experts, but it’s far from clear what she seeks to achieve

What Kim Yo Jong’s missives say about North Korean priorities and sensitivities
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll February 21, 2023
Large construction camp pops up near Pyongyang’s foreign leader guesthouses
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Large construction camp pops up near Pyongyang’s foreign leader guesthouses

Workers made camp in same exclusive area to build luxurious palace for Chinese leader Xi Jinping ahead of state visit

Large construction camp pops up near Pyongyang’s foreign leader guesthouses
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko February 21, 2023
Power politics: What light levels reveal about North Korea’s priorities
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Power politics: What light levels reveal about North Korea’s priorities

Satellites detect spikes in radiance of Pyongyang around nighttime parades and could help gauge DPRK’s economic activity

Power politics: What light levels reveal about North Korea’s priorities
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell February 21, 2023