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July 22, 2024

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‘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
The highs and lows of North Korea’s sporting return at the Asian Games

The highs and lows of North Korea’s sporting return at the Asian Games

From weightlifting world records to scuffles on the soccer pitch, DPRK athletes had all eyes on them in Hangzhou

The highs and lows of North Korea’s sporting return at the Asian Games
Shreyas Reddy
Shreyas Reddy October 12, 2023
Inside North Korea’s plot to assassinate South Korean leader with explosives

Inside North Korea’s plot to assassinate South Korean leader with explosives

Retired ROK Lt. Gen. Chun In-bum tells NK News about his experiences of deadly DPRK bombing in Burma 40 years ago

Inside North Korea’s plot to assassinate South Korean leader with explosives
James Fretwell
James Fretwell October 9, 2023
Saving Otto: Revisiting the medical mission to rescue an American in North Korea

Saving Otto: Revisiting the medical mission to rescue an American in North Korea

6 years after Otto Warmbier’s death, US officials shed new light on his treatment by regime and efforts to get him home

Saving Otto: Revisiting the medical mission to rescue an American in North Korea
Ramesh Reddy
Ramesh Reddy October 6, 2023
Travis King wouldn’t be the first soldier in Korea to reject America for racism

Travis King wouldn’t be the first soldier in Korea to reject America for racism

Clarence Adams questioned why he should fight North Korea when the US discriminated against African Americans back home

Travis King wouldn’t be the first soldier in Korea to reject America for racism
James Fretwell
James Fretwell October 3, 2023
Fur hats and limo talks: Behind the scenes of Russian efforts to wow Kim Jong Un

Fur hats and limo talks: Behind the scenes of Russian efforts to wow Kim Jong Un

Moscow pulled out all the stops for North Korean leader, using flattery and gifts to bolster ties and send signals

Fur hats and limo talks: Behind the scenes of Russian efforts to wow Kim Jong Un
Anton Sokolin
Anton Sokolin September 25, 2023
Stranger than fiction: When North Korea kidnapped movie stars for Kim Jong Il

Stranger than fiction: When North Korea kidnapped movie stars for Kim Jong Il

Abduction of famed South Korean director and starlet ex-wife is testament to how far regime will go to get what it wants

Stranger than fiction: When North Korea kidnapped movie stars for Kim Jong Il
Oliver Jia
Oliver Jia September 25, 2023
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