January 24, 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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US seizes $2.4 million from four Pyongyang-linked front companies

US seizes $2.4 million from four Pyongyang-linked front companies

The companies, which the U.S. does not name, have extensive ties to well-known sanctions busters, court records show

US seizes $2.4 million from four Pyongyang-linked front companies
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Ethan Jewell January 7, 2022
North Korea’s fuel trade on pace to recover in 2022: Imagery
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North Korea’s fuel trade on pace to recover in 2022: Imagery

Over 1,300 satellite images show how Pyongyang’s fuel trade appeared to ramp up as 2021 came to a close

North Korea’s fuel trade on pace to recover in 2022: Imagery
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Ethan Jewell January 7, 2022
4 flights, 63 defectors and 670K barrels of oil: North Korea’s 2021 in numbers
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4 flights, 63 defectors and 670K barrels of oil: North Korea’s 2021 in numbers

Data tells the story of a year in which DPRK retreated even further inward as the COVID-19 pandemic raged on

4 flights, 63 defectors and 670K barrels of oil: North Korea’s 2021 in numbers
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Ethan Jewell January 5, 2022
North Korea hackers weaponize holiday cheer in latest cyberattack against Russia
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North Korea hackers weaponize holiday cheer in latest cyberattack against Russia

Spear-phishing attack disguised as New Year’s greeting targeted diplomats, using modified version of Konni malware

North Korea hackers weaponize holiday cheer in latest cyberattack against Russia
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Ethan Jewell January 4, 2022
Humanitarian aid for North Korea dwindles to lowest level on record: Data

Humanitarian aid for North Korea dwindles to lowest level on record: Data

Donors have committed just $15.4 million in 2021 as DPRK’s COVID isolation impedes efforts to help the most vulnerable

Humanitarian aid for North Korea dwindles to lowest level on record: Data
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell December 31, 2021
US passes $770 billion defense bill, slightly boosting funds for US Forces Korea

US passes $770 billion defense bill, slightly boosting funds for US Forces Korea

New legislation also calls for US Cyber Command to develop North Korea-specific cyber strategies

US passes $770 billion defense bill, slightly boosting funds for US Forces Korea
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Ethan Jewell December 28, 2021
North Korea’s main shipyard christens first known cargo ship in nearly 5 years

North Korea’s main shipyard christens first known cargo ship in nearly 5 years

The Jang Su San is only the third known vessel to originate from Ryongnam Shipyard

North Korea’s main shipyard christens first known cargo ship in nearly 5 years
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell December 24, 2021
Doctors say new antiviral pills could transform North Korea’s COVID response

Doctors say new antiviral pills could transform North Korea’s COVID response

DPRK could cheaply buy or even manufacture the promising medications, but distribution may still pose problems

Doctors say new antiviral pills could transform North Korea’s COVID response
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell December 22, 2021
Alloy used in silicon production dominates North Korean exports in November
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Alloy used in silicon production dominates North Korean exports in November

Expert cautions that low trade volumes can distort data, as DPRK continues to import inputs for light industry

Alloy used in silicon production dominates North Korean exports in November
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell December 20, 2021
Despite uptick in exports, North Korea’s trade with China sags in November: Data

Despite uptick in exports, North Korea’s trade with China sags in November: Data

Expert says DPRK appears to lack financing for imports, with low trade meaning even one shipment could impact numbers

Despite uptick in exports, North Korea’s trade with China sags in November: Data
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell December 20, 2021
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