October 16, 2021

Investigation

In-depth, investigative journalism on North Korea

South Korea detaining North Korea-linked ship suspected of sanctions violations

South Korea detaining North Korea-linked ship suspected of sanctions violations

Exclusive NK News photos show impounded Mongolia-flagged ship held in waters off South Korea's coast

South Korea detaining North Korea-linked ship suspected of sanctions violations
The strange case of the Japanese man who chose to stay in North Korea

The strange case of the Japanese man who chose to stay in North Korea

Captured decades ago, Takeshi Terakoshi still lives in Pyongyang with his North Korean wife and kids

The strange case of the Japanese man who chose to stay in North Korea
Oliver Jia
Oliver Jia August 19, 2021
Zooming in: How North Korean conducts spy operations in South Korea

Zooming in: How North Korean conducts spy operations in South Korea

Direct insertions of intelligence assets were previously common, but techniques have changed substantially

Zooming in: How North Korean conducts spy operations in South Korea
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll August 10, 2021
Photos: Inside an abandoned North Korean compound in southwest Africa

Photos: Inside an abandoned North Korean compound in southwest Africa

Contracts, books and journals suggest multi-million dollar operations in Namibia

Photos: Inside an abandoned North Korean compound in southwest Africa
John Grobler
John Grobler May 27, 2021
North Korean conglomerate faces serious fallout after deadly bus accident

North Korean conglomerate faces serious fallout after deadly bus accident

Korea Kumgang Group appears to have downsized or shut down completely after a once-successful run

North Korean conglomerate faces serious fallout after deadly bus accident
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll | Colin Zwirko March 29, 2021
Two women accuse North Korean defector-poet Jang Jin-sung of rape

Two women accuse North Korean defector-poet Jang Jin-sung of rape

Prominent "Dear Leader" author denies allegations of rape, blackmail and sexual coercion

Two women accuse North Korean defector-poet Jang Jin-sung of rape
Jeongmin Kim
Jeongmin Kim | Kelly Kasulis | Won-Gi Jung February 16, 2021
One year of COVID-19: When will North Korea reopen its borders?

One year of COVID-19: When will North Korea reopen its borders?

North Korea will likely maintain its lockdown until 2022 – and thousands of ordinary people will suffer as a result

One year of COVID-19: When will North Korea reopen its borders?
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll January 29, 2021
‘The sky was falling’: Why this company sold coats illegally made in North Korea

‘The sky was falling’: Why this company sold coats illegally made in North Korea

A Seoul clothing firm said it was duped into using DPRK labor and had no choice but to sell sanctions-violating garb

‘The sky was falling’: Why this company sold coats illegally made in North Korea
Jeongmin Kim
Jeongmin Kim December 23, 2020
Crossing the line: Has North Korea’s biggest foe finally gone too far?

Crossing the line: Has North Korea’s biggest foe finally gone too far?

Defector-activist Park Sang-hak has long stirred controversy, but political winds may no longer be blowing in his favor

Crossing the line: Has North Korea’s biggest foe finally gone too far?
Max Kim
Max Kim July 31, 2020
Left behind: despite détente, six South Koreans remain imprisoned in the North

Left behind: despite détente, six South Koreans remain imprisoned in the North

Convicted of espionage and effectively abandoned by Seoul, it's unclear whether any will ever return home

Left behind: despite détente, six South Koreans remain imprisoned in the North
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