November 30, 2022

Investigation

In-depth, investigative journalism on North Korea

New smartphones appear in North Koreans’ hands for first time in years

New smartphones appear in North Koreans’ hands for first time in years

Models with more advanced cameras likely imported from China despite sanctions in effort to appeal to consumers

New smartphones appear in North Koreans’ hands for first time in years
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko August 30, 2022
Harry Potter-loving North Korean vlogger comes from elite family close to Kims

Harry Potter-loving North Korean vlogger comes from elite family close to Kims

NK News finds Song A lived in the UK with her diplomat father and is great-granddaughter of top military commander

Harry Potter-loving North Korean vlogger comes from elite family close to Kims
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko July 20, 2022
Why more North Koreans don’t defect across the inter-Korean border

Why more North Koreans don’t defect across the inter-Korean border

Obstacles range from political risks to lack of awareness, but experts say Seoul can do more to help would-be escapees

Why more North Koreans don’t defect across the inter-Korean border
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll July 5, 2022
‘Everything is just fine!’: North Korean vloggers launch new selfie propaganda

‘Everything is just fine!’: North Korean vloggers launch new selfie propaganda

State media deploys fake Twitter account to promote latest foreign outreach campaign on abundance amid pandemic

‘Everything is just fine!’: North Korean vloggers launch new selfie propaganda
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko June 23, 2022
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
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