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July 19, 2024

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North Korea’s relations with Cuba: Revolutionary comrades and brothers-in-arms

North Korea’s relations with Cuba: Revolutionary comrades and brothers-in-arms

Long united against U.S interventionism, the Havana protests show how far apart the two friends’ societies have drifted

North Korea’s relations with Cuba: Revolutionary comrades and brothers-in-arms
Benjamin R. Young
Benjamin R. Young July 13, 2021
A “New Spring” of culture in Kim Il Sung’s North Korea

A “New Spring” of culture in Kim Il Sung’s North Korea

Brief period of relaxed censorship produced rich literature like Chon Se Bong’s 1958 novel

A “New Spring” of culture in Kim Il Sung’s North Korea
Missiles, money and ginseng: A North Korean spy in the Cold War

Missiles, money and ginseng: A North Korean spy in the Cold War

A weapons factory worker in Kiev was one of Pyongyang’s great spy assets in the 1970s

Missiles, money and ginseng: A North Korean spy in the Cold War
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov June 3, 2021
Letters from prison: Park Jong-lin, North Korean spy and detainee, dies at 89

Letters from prison: Park Jong-lin, North Korean spy and detainee, dies at 89

For decades, Park Jong-lin longed for the day to meet the daughter he left behind in the North

Letters from prison: Park Jong-lin, North Korean spy and detainee, dies at 89
Won-Gi Jung
Won-Gi Jung January 29, 2021
Staff picks: The 2020 North Korea stories that you don’t want to miss

Staff picks: The 2020 North Korea stories that you don’t want to miss

A curated list of North Korea stories that went beyond the usual headlines in 2020

Staff picks: The 2020 North Korea stories that you don’t want to miss
NK News
NK News December 30, 2020
‘Tired out of our minds’: North Korean defectors recall grueling work marathons

‘Tired out of our minds’: North Korean defectors recall grueling work marathons

North Koreans are in the throes of a mandated, national “labor battle” — a “torturous” time that defectors can’t forget

‘Tired out of our minds’: North Korean defectors recall grueling work marathons
Jeongmin Kim
Jeongmin Kim November 24, 2020
The mystery behind a South Korean presidential candidate executed for collusion

The mystery behind a South Korean presidential candidate executed for collusion

He was executed for ties to North Korea and became a political martyr. But new evidence shakes up the story once again.

The mystery behind a South Korean presidential candidate executed for collusion
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy November 17, 2020
Photos: North Korea’s new-age apartments join a greater wave of modern design

Photos: North Korea’s new-age apartments join a greater wave of modern design

A trendy architectural design is springing up across the country in wake of the recent, destructive typhoons

Photos: North Korea’s new-age apartments join a greater wave of modern design
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko November 11, 2020
Photos: Pyongyang’s golden trees show North Korean autumn in full bloom

Photos: Pyongyang’s golden trees show North Korean autumn in full bloom

Russia's embassy in the DPRK shared photos of this year's fall season — and at a time when tourists can't enter the DPRK

Photos: Pyongyang’s golden trees show North Korean autumn in full bloom
NK News
NK News November 6, 2020
North Korean fishermen lead dangerous lives as the ‘avant-garde of capitalism’

North Korean fishermen lead dangerous lives as the ‘avant-garde of capitalism’

A North Korean defector recalls the good old days of profiting off unregulated waters as he casts his line in the South

North Korean fishermen lead dangerous lives as the ‘avant-garde of capitalism’
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov November 5, 2020
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