August 13, 2022

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Bryan Betts

Bryan Betts is the Deputy Editor of NK News. He has covered the Koreas for Yonhap News Agency, The Diplomat and Korea Exposé and previously worked as a newspaper reporter in South Carolina and New Mexico.

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North Korea slams US actions as ‘root cause’ of crisis in Ukraine

North Korea slams US actions as ‘root cause’ of crisis in Ukraine

Foreign ministry statement does not mention Russian invasion, criticizes US ‘disregard’ of Moscow’s security concerns

North Korea slams US actions as ‘root cause’ of crisis in Ukraine
Bryan Betts
Bryan Betts February 27, 2022
Climate change threatens millions of North Koreans. Is Pyongyang doing enough?

Climate change threatens millions of North Koreans. Is Pyongyang doing enough?

Ongoing food insecurity shows DPRK’s vulnerability to global warming, amid doubts about its commitment to climate action

Climate change threatens millions of North Koreans. Is Pyongyang doing enough?
Bryan Betts
Bryan Betts February 23, 2022
COVAX cuts vaccine allotment for North Korea as it moves to ‘needs-based’ system

COVAX cuts vaccine allotment for North Korea as it moves to ‘needs-based’ system

Vaccine alliance Gavi says previous allocations no longer relevant, with Canada now pledging 1.29 million doses

COVAX cuts vaccine allotment for North Korea as it moves to ‘needs-based’ system
Bryan Betts
Bryan Betts February 14, 2022
Prominent defector indicted for violating South Korea’s contentious leaflet ban

Prominent defector indicted for violating South Korea’s contentious leaflet ban

Activist Park Sang-hak faces prison time if convicted for launching leaflets toward North Korea

Prominent defector indicted for violating South Korea’s contentious leaflet ban
Bryan Betts
Bryan Betts | Jeongmin Kim January 28, 2022
Former North Korea sanctions official tapped as US ambassador to Seoul: Source

Former North Korea sanctions official tapped as US ambassador to Seoul: Source

Biden to nominate career diplomat Philip Goldberg to lead Seoul embassy in key post unfilled for over a year

Former North Korea sanctions official tapped as US ambassador to Seoul: Source
Bryan Betts
Bryan Betts January 26, 2022
North Korea reports zero COVID cases in wake of mass events in Pyongyang

North Korea reports zero COVID cases in wake of mass events in Pyongyang

DPRK says it tested 1,395 additional people during two-week period coinciding with party plenum, New Year’s Eve concert

North Korea reports zero COVID cases in wake of mass events in Pyongyang
Bryan Betts
Bryan Betts January 18, 2022
North Korea reports no COVID cases as Omicron looms large in state media

North Korea reports no COVID cases as Omicron looms large in state media

DPRK says it screened additional 1,464 people over two-week period as total tested nears 50,000

North Korea reports no COVID cases as Omicron looms large in state media
Bryan Betts
Bryan Betts December 20, 2021
North Korea warns daily of Omicron dangers, still reports zero COVID cases

North Korea warns daily of Omicron dangers, still reports zero COVID cases

State media claims new variant up to six times more infectious than Delta as country says it tested 1,421 more people

North Korea warns daily of Omicron dangers, still reports zero COVID cases
Bryan Betts
Bryan Betts December 6, 2021
UN says North Korea faces ‘acute food insecurity’ but excludes it from aid plans

UN says North Korea faces ‘acute food insecurity’ but excludes it from aid plans

COVID restrictions continue to hamper humanitarian assistance, as North Korea dropped from key report for second year

UN says North Korea faces ‘acute food insecurity’ but excludes it from aid plans
Bryan Betts
Bryan Betts December 3, 2021
North Korea emphasizes winter COVID measures as snow hits country

North Korea emphasizes winter COVID measures as snow hits country

DPRK tells World Health Organization it found no positive cases after testing additional 734 people

North Korea emphasizes winter COVID measures as snow hits country
Bryan Betts
Bryan Betts November 23, 2021