February 02, 2023

Features

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

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
Bob Woodward’s ‘Rage’ reveals more about Trump than North Korea

Bob Woodward’s ‘Rage’ reveals more about Trump than North Korea

The book is addictive, but misses key historical events in its retelling of what happened between the US and North Korea

Bob Woodward’s ‘Rage’ reveals more about Trump than North Korea
Glyn Ford
Glyn Ford October 29, 2020
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