April 13, 2024

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Ethan Jewell

Ethan Jewell is a Seoul-based correspondent for NK News focused on sanctions, trade and maritime issues. He previously worked as an investigations and intelligence specialist for Pinkerton Comprehensive Risk Management and as a research intern for the Brookings Institution's Center for East Asia Policy Studies.

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North Korean defector numbers on pace to hit record low in 2022: Data

North Korean defector numbers on pace to hit record low in 2022: Data

Seoul says COVID border controls make it difficult to escape DPRK, with just eight reaching ROK in second quarter

North Korean defector numbers on pace to hit record low in 2022: Data
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Ethan Jewell July 19, 2022
COVID outbreaks depress North Korea-China trade in June: Data

COVID outbreaks depress North Korea-China trade in June: Data

Trade in June just 20% of that in April, before DPRK implemented nationwide controls and two sides suspended rail trade

COVID outbreaks depress North Korea-China trade in June: Data
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Ethan Jewell July 19, 2022
Sailing in the dark: North Korean ship reappears after vanishing for 5 years
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Sailing in the dark: North Korean ship reappears after vanishing for 5 years

Dae Bong 1’s disappearance from tracking system suggests it sailed under false identity for years, expert says

Sailing in the dark: North Korean ship reappears after vanishing for 5 years
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Ethan Jewell July 18, 2022
North Korea says Kyiv has no right to oppose its recognition of breakaway states

North Korea says Kyiv has no right to oppose its recognition of breakaway states

Statement comes two days after Pyongyang recognized self-declared Donetsk and Luhansk republics in eastern Ukraine

North Korea says Kyiv has no right to oppose its recognition of breakaway states
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Ethan Jewell July 15, 2022
New North Korean hacking group extorting small businesses in ransomware attacks
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New North Korean hacking group extorting small businesses in ransomware attacks

Microsoft says H0lyGh0st hackers deploying increasingly sophisticated ransomware but have been unsuccessful so far

New North Korean hacking group extorting small businesses in ransomware attacks
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Ethan Jewell July 15, 2022
North Korea recognizes breakaway republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in Ukraine

North Korea recognizes breakaway republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in Ukraine

Expert says move seeks to improve ties with Russia, as Kyiv swiftly severs diplomatic ties with Pyongyang

North Korea recognizes breakaway republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in Ukraine
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Ethan Jewell | Ifang Bremer July 14, 2022
North Korean jet takes trip to nowhere in first DPRK flight broadcast in a year

North Korean jet takes trip to nowhere in first DPRK flight broadcast in a year

Aviation expert says Air Koryo plane’s loop over east coast could be test flight following significant repairs

North Korean jet takes trip to nowhere in first DPRK flight broadcast in a year
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Ethan Jewell July 14, 2022
North Korea ramps up fuel trade in second quarter from pandemic lows: Imagery
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North Korea ramps up fuel trade in second quarter from pandemic lows: Imagery

Activity at coal terminals suggests sanctions violations, with oil imports from China likely increasing from last year

North Korea ramps up fuel trade in second quarter from pandemic lows: Imagery
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Ethan Jewell July 12, 2022
Ex-marine who raided North Korean Embassy asks US court to stop his extradition

Ex-marine who raided North Korean Embassy asks US court to stop his extradition

Christopher Ahn’s attorneys say government treating him as ‘sacrificial lamb’ for US foreign policy

Ex-marine who raided North Korean Embassy asks US court to stop his extradition
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Ethan Jewell July 11, 2022
North Korea likely acquired ship that sailed from Busan to Nampho: Investigation
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North Korea likely acquired ship that sailed from Busan to Nampho: Investigation

Expert says vessel’s new flag and owner suggest DPRK leveraged companies and foreign nationals to evade sanctions

North Korea likely acquired ship that sailed from Busan to Nampho: Investigation
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