February 21, 2024

Features

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

‘Blood must be spilled’: How Kissinger nearly triggered a war with North Korea

‘Blood must be spilled’: How Kissinger nearly triggered a war with North Korea

The former US Secretary of State wanted to retaliate when the DPRK killed Americans, despite concerns of escalation

‘Blood must be spilled’: How Kissinger nearly triggered a war with North Korea
James Fretwell
James Fretwell December 1, 2023
Voice to the voiceless: Exhibit highlights suppression of speech in North Korea

Voice to the voiceless: Exhibit highlights suppression of speech in North Korea

Newly opened North Korean Human Rights Museum holds up testimonies of defectors on abuses suffered under the Kim regime

Voice to the voiceless: Exhibit highlights suppression of speech in North Korea
Joon Ha Park
Joon Ha Park | Lina Park November 17, 2023
Race to freedom: New escape room simulates experience of North Korea defection

Race to freedom: New escape room simulates experience of North Korea defection

First-of-its-kind installation in Seoul uses interactive storytelling to raise awareness about DPRK human rights

Race to freedom: New escape room simulates experience of North Korea defection
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer | Lina Park November 15, 2023
Pyongyang pilots: When North Korean jets dueled with Israel in skies over Egypt

Pyongyang pilots: When North Korean jets dueled with Israel in skies over Egypt

DPRK opportunistically sent troops ahead of Yom Kippur War, and it may be willing to get involved in Middle East again

Pyongyang pilots: When North Korean jets dueled with Israel in skies over Egypt
James Fretwell
James Fretwell November 10, 2023
How North Korea recruited overseas Koreans to kidnap Japanese citizens

How North Korea recruited overseas Koreans to kidnap Japanese citizens

Kim Kil Uk died without facing charges in Japan, and his case shows how Pyongyang used threats to get its way

How North Korea recruited overseas Koreans to kidnap Japanese citizens
James Fretwell
James Fretwell November 6, 2023
Aid worker recalls fight to get food to North Koreans in time of greatest need

Aid worker recalls fight to get food to North Koreans in time of greatest need

Christy Gavitt says aid helped vulnerable and built goodwill during 90s famine, despite heavy controls on relief work

Aid worker recalls fight to get food to North Koreans in time of greatest need
James Fretwell
James Fretwell October 31, 2023
‘I can’t lose her too’: Family fears for loved one forcibly sent to North Korea

‘I can’t lose her too’: Family fears for loved one forcibly sent to North Korea

Kim Cheol-ok was repatriated after 25 years in China. Now her family is looking for answers about her fate.

‘I can’t lose her too’: Family fears for loved one forcibly sent to North Korea
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer | Joon Ha Park October 31, 2023
A North Korean defector’s long journey from prison to the halls of academia

A North Korean defector’s long journey from prison to the halls of academia

Kim Seong-ryeol tells NK News how he escaped the DPRK twice and became the first defector to work as an ROK professor

A North Korean defector’s long journey from prison to the halls of academia
Lina Park
Lina Park October 18, 2023
What the North Korean military has learned from Hamas’ deadly attacks on Israel

What the North Korean military has learned from Hamas’ deadly attacks on Israel

Experts say DPRK will note how militants exploited vulnerabilities but stress Hamas is pursuing very different goals

What the North Korean military has learned from Hamas’ deadly attacks on Israel
James Fretwell
James Fretwell October 17, 2023
The towering North Korean basketball star denied a shot at NBA glory

The towering North Korean basketball star denied a shot at NBA glory

7-foot-6 Ri Myong Hun would have been tallest player in league history, but sanctions and tensions scuppered his chances

The towering North Korean basketball star denied a shot at NBA glory
Yong Ja Hong
Yong Ja Hong October 16, 2023
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