October 02, 2022

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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. Follow Ethan on Twitter @EthanJewell

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North Korean ship appears to manipulate location data to move illegal coal
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North Korean ship appears to manipulate location data to move illegal coal

Tae Dong Gang 9 jumped hundreds of miles in GPS system within hours, the latest sign DPRK continues to flout sanctions

North Korean ship appears to manipulate location data to move illegal coal
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell February 10, 2022
Russian court extends detention of North Korean fishermen accused of attack

Russian court extends detention of North Korean fishermen accused of attack

Yearslong trial continues of North Koreans who allegedly used ‘improvised’ weapons against Russian border guards

Russian court extends detention of North Korean fishermen accused of attack
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell February 10, 2022
50 countries say North Korea exceeded its annual cap on oil imports: UN report
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50 countries say North Korea exceeded its annual cap on oil imports: UN report

Upcoming report marks first time so many countries have endorsed conclusion, though China and Russia remain unconvinced

50 countries say North Korea exceeded its annual cap on oil imports: UN report
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell February 9, 2022
North Korean hackers deploy popular software to spy on targets: Report

North Korean hackers deploy popular software to spy on targets: Report

DPRK-linked Kimsuky group used modified malware to distribute the remote administration tool, cybersecurity firm says

North Korean hackers deploy popular software to spy on targets: Report
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Ethan Jewell February 9, 2022
Top Sri Lankan official admits to arms deal with North Korea, then backtracks

Top Sri Lankan official admits to arms deal with North Korea, then backtracks

Reported deal using black market money during island’s bloody civil war may have violated sanctions, experts say

Top Sri Lankan official admits to arms deal with North Korea, then backtracks
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell February 7, 2022
How a key UN vacancy could undermine investigations into DPRK sanctions-busting

How a key UN vacancy could undermine investigations into DPRK sanctions-busting

Lack of American on UN Panel of Experts could give China and Russia freer hand to shape upcoming report, experts say

How a key UN vacancy could undermine investigations into DPRK sanctions-busting
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell February 3, 2022
North Korea tests missiles — and China’s patience — on eve of Winter Olympics

North Korea tests missiles — and China’s patience — on eve of Winter Olympics

Experts say Kim Jong Un looks to take advantage of distracted US, but that Beijing has nearly had enough

North Korea tests missiles — and China’s patience — on eve of Winter Olympics
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell February 1, 2022
US hopes Kim Jong Un will ‘quit threatening his neighbors’: Pentagon

US hopes Kim Jong Un will ‘quit threatening his neighbors’: Pentagon

Spokesperson stresses military readiness after North Korean missiles fly, voices frustration with sanctions enforcement

US hopes Kim Jong Un will ‘quit threatening his neighbors’: Pentagon
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Ethan Jewell February 1, 2022
Nigerian firm wades into murky legal waters with North Korean insurance policy
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Nigerian firm wades into murky legal waters with North Korean insurance policy

Experts say Kaztec Engineering’s $50 million ship insurance from the DPRK likely violated UN sanctions regime

Nigerian firm wades into murky legal waters with North Korean insurance policy
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell January 31, 2022
US lawmakers take aim at North Korean cryptocurrency laundering

US lawmakers take aim at North Korean cryptocurrency laundering

Proposed bill calls for ‘modernizing’ tools to combat new innovations in money laundering operations

US lawmakers take aim at North Korean cryptocurrency laundering
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell January 26, 2022
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