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June 14, 2024

Features

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

Why North Korea insists playing basketball makes you taller

Why North Korea insists playing basketball makes you taller

State propaganda has pushed dubious claim since 60s, and it may have even driven Kim Jong Un’s obsession with the sport

Why North Korea insists playing basketball makes you taller
Yong Ja Hong
Yong Ja Hong June 13, 2024
Paper provocations: Inside North and South Korea’s decades-long leaflet war

Paper provocations: Inside North and South Korea’s decades-long leaflet war

Two sides have often agreed to stop launches, but trash balloons and new dynamics could make it harder to find offramp

Paper provocations: Inside North and South Korea’s decades-long leaflet war
James Fretwell
James Fretwell June 5, 2024
What South Koreans think about North Korea’s barrage of trash balloons

What South Koreans think about North Korea’s barrage of trash balloons

Ordinary citizens express confusion at DPRK actions, while emphasizing need for Seoul to protect people from harm

What South Koreans think about North Korea’s barrage of trash balloons
Lina Park
Lina Park June 4, 2024
20 years since last summit, North Korea-Japan ties still vexed by same concerns

20 years since last summit, North Korea-Japan ties still vexed by same concerns

Abductee issue has been insurmountable since Junichiro Koizumi and Kim Jong Il met, but hopes persist for third summit

20 years since last summit, North Korea-Japan ties still vexed by same concerns
Justin Yeo
Justin Yeo May 23, 2024
Dangerous catch: The fishermen who brave perilous waters on North Korea’s edge

Dangerous catch: The fishermen who brave perilous waters on North Korea’s edge

South Korean ships venture as close as mile from border in search of seafood, despite past abductions and high tensions

Dangerous catch: The fishermen who brave perilous waters on North Korea’s edge
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer May 15, 2024
‘It slaps’: How a propaganda song praising Kim Jong Un went viral on TikTok

‘It slaps’: How a propaganda song praising Kim Jong Un went viral on TikTok

Videos featuring ‘Friendly Father’ have flooded popular app, even as US pushes to ban it over fears of misinformation

‘It slaps’: How a propaganda song praising Kim Jong Un went viral on TikTok
Joe Smith
Joe Smith May 9, 2024
Biting humor: North Korea’s forgotten embrace of satirical cartoons

Biting humor: North Korea’s forgotten embrace of satirical cartoons

Magazine Hwalsal once prominently featured social criticism, revealing openness of early DPRK until regime cracked down

Biting humor: North Korea’s forgotten embrace of satirical cartoons
Choi Hyun Jun
Choi Hyun Jun May 7, 2024
How a DMZ tragedy led a soldier to devote his life to ridding Korea of mines

How a DMZ tragedy led a soldier to devote his life to ridding Korea of mines

Activist Kim Ki-ho says he has removed 10K landmines left over from war with North Korea, but warns millions remain

How a DMZ tragedy led a soldier to devote his life to ridding Korea of mines
Jeongmin Kim
Jeongmin Kim May 7, 2024
Flight of the Concorde? North Korea’s brief flirtation with supersonic airliners

Flight of the Concorde? North Korea’s brief flirtation with supersonic airliners

DPRK once pursued deal to buy Concorde jets, highlighting its pursuit of new tech and desire for recognition from West

Flight of the Concorde? North Korea’s brief flirtation with supersonic airliners
Daniel Salisbury
Daniel Salisbury May 3, 2024
A North Korean novel searches for meaning in the dramas and joys of family life

A North Korean novel searches for meaning in the dramas and joys of family life

Ri Hui Chan expounds on centrality of family in way that is striking in a country that exalts leader as father of nation

A North Korean novel searches for meaning in the dramas and joys of family life
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko April 25, 2024
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