February 25, 2024

Features

Long-form reporting on timeless issues and human interest stories by NK News journalists and contributors.

How South Korea’s National Treasures were nearly lost to North Korea

How South Korea’s National Treasures were nearly lost to North Korea

Museum director’s quick thinking meant thousands of artifacts were saved from DPRK soldiers during the Korean War

How South Korea’s National Treasures were nearly lost to North Korea
Joon Ha Park
Joon Ha Park February 14, 2024
ABC’s of North Korea news: Confusing acronyms and abbreviations you should know

ABC’s of North Korea news: Confusing acronyms and abbreviations you should know

NK News compiled list of military terms, policy group names and codewords often seen in press releases and headlines

ABC’s of North Korea news: Confusing acronyms and abbreviations you should know
Jeongmin Kim
Jeongmin Kim February 12, 2024
The Korean War POWs who rejected North and South Korea to go to neutral India

The Korean War POWs who rejected North and South Korea to go to neutral India

Seventy years ago, a handful of Koreans set sail for Madras, many with futile dreams of eventually settling in the US

The Korean War POWs who rejected North and South Korea to go to neutral India
James Fretwell
James Fretwell February 9, 2024
Arch nemesis: Kim Jong Un dismantled a monument — and his grandfather’s legacy

Arch nemesis: Kim Jong Un dismantled a monument — and his grandfather’s legacy

Reunification arch celebrated Kim’s predecessor, and its destruction shows North Korean leader won’t be bound by past

Arch nemesis: Kim Jong Un dismantled a monument — and his grandfather’s legacy
James Fretwell
James Fretwell January 30, 2024
Distilling a life: A North Korean escapee takes her homebrews out of the shadows

Distilling a life: A North Korean escapee takes her homebrews out of the shadows

Kim Seonghui learned the North's art of alcohol in secret. Now she’s turning it into a business in the South.

Distilling a life: A North Korean escapee takes her homebrews out of the shadows
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer | Joon Ha Park January 22, 2024
How Russia’s secretive Lenin Lab helped North Korea embalm its ruling Kims

How Russia’s secretive Lenin Lab helped North Korea embalm its ruling Kims

Pyongyang paid as much as $1M to the Russian team that has preserved Lenin for 100 years, though it refuses to admit it

How Russia’s secretive Lenin Lab helped North Korea embalm its ruling Kims
James Fretwell
James Fretwell January 19, 2024
Newest North Korean film mimics South’s violent cinema, to disastrous results

Newest North Korean film mimics South’s violent cinema, to disastrous results

‘A Day and a Night’ attempts to distract youth from foreign films, but in the process undermines its propaganda message

Newest North Korean film mimics South’s violent cinema, to disastrous results
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko January 8, 2024
Lavish meals and North Korean human rights collide at Seoul’s glitzy conferences

Lavish meals and North Korean human rights collide at Seoul’s glitzy conferences

Yoon has put human rights at center of inter-Korean policy, but activists voice unease about optics of glamorous events

Lavish meals and North Korean human rights collide at Seoul’s glitzy conferences
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer December 22, 2023
Holiday gift guide: 2023’s best books on North Korea for all kinds of readers

Holiday gift guide: 2023’s best books on North Korea for all kinds of readers

New works offer fresh insight into the DPRK, from a deep dive into the military to a memoir of growing up in Pyongyang

Holiday gift guide: 2023’s best books on North Korea for all kinds of readers
Oliver Jia
Oliver Jia December 14, 2023
Barrier to entry: New photos show China expanding fences on North Korea border

Barrier to entry: New photos show China expanding fences on North Korea border

Barbed-wire fencing and surveillance towers underscore continuing efforts to limit cross-border movement on both sides

Barrier to entry: New photos show China expanding fences on North Korea border
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer December 7, 2023
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