May 29, 2024

Features

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

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
‘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
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