January 20, 2022

Analysis

Leading experts analyze recent events and affairs involving North Korea

Bump in DPRK coal exports to China continues, outlasting energy crisis: Imagery
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Bump in DPRK coal exports to China continues, outlasting energy crisis: Imagery

Ship activity at key coal hubs suggest trade continues after flurry of Chinese orders in October

Bump in DPRK coal exports to China continues, outlasting energy crisis: Imagery
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell December 15, 2021
Of course North Korea and US want to end Korean War — but only on their terms

Of course North Korea and US want to end Korean War — but only on their terms

Moon Jae-in says two Koreas, US and China agree ‘in principle’ to end the war, but excitement is likely premature

Of course North Korea and US want to end Korean War — but only on their terms
James Fretwell
James Fretwell December 15, 2021
Kim Yong Ju, younger brother of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung, dies at 101

Kim Yong Ju, younger brother of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung, dies at 101

Once the presumed successor to his brother, Kim Yong Ju played a key role in DPRK history but later fell out of favor

Kim Yong Ju, younger brother of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung, dies at 101
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy December 15, 2021
How Kim Jong Un uses party committee memberships to manage Pyongyang’s elite
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How Kim Jong Un uses party committee memberships to manage Pyongyang’s elite

Political and military elites in North Korea appear to rotate in and out of power much more frequently under Kim

How Kim Jong Un uses party committee memberships to manage Pyongyang’s elite
Peter Ward
Peter Ward December 14, 2021
10 years of Kim Jong Un: What was Washington’s worst decision so far?

10 years of Kim Jong Un: What was Washington’s worst decision so far?

Experts vote on Washington’s worst call during Kim Jong Un’s first decade in power

10 years of Kim Jong Un: What was Washington’s worst decision so far?
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll December 14, 2021
The pandemic is bad news for North Koreans, but not so much for Kim Jong Un
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The pandemic is bad news for North Koreans, but not so much for Kim Jong Un

Prying foreign eyes leaving the country, fewer defectors and calls for sanctions relief among benefits for Kim regime

The pandemic is bad news for North Koreans, but not so much for Kim Jong Un
James Fretwell
James Fretwell December 13, 2021
In muted Yongbyon response, China signals unwillingness to confront North Korea
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In muted Yongbyon response, China signals unwillingness to confront North Korea

Beijing has declined to criticize the DPRK’s continued nuclear activity, instead blaming the US for Pyongyang’s actions

In muted Yongbyon response, China signals unwillingness to confront North Korea
John Petrushka
John Petrushka December 13, 2021
10 years of Kim Jong Un: What was Washington’s best North Korea decision so far?

10 years of Kim Jong Un: What was Washington’s best North Korea decision so far?

Experts vote on what they think were the best calls the US made on North Korea since 2011

10 years of Kim Jong Un: What was Washington’s best North Korea decision so far?
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll December 10, 2021
North Korea sees progress on transforming ‘backward’ mining town: Imagery

North Korea sees progress on transforming ‘backward’ mining town: Imagery

Deadline nearing to build first 5,000 homes in resource-rich area, as satellite imagery shows signs of finishing touches

North Korea sees progress on transforming ‘backward’ mining town: Imagery
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko December 10, 2021
Why North Korea’s politburo held a secret meeting in recent months
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Why North Korea’s politburo held a secret meeting in recent months

Change in rank of a key department director hints at reasons and timing of first unpublicized gathering since last year

Why North Korea’s politburo held a secret meeting in recent months
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser December 9, 2021
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