December 05, 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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Two years on: Humanitarian consequences of North Korea’s border lockdown
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Two years on: Humanitarian consequences of North Korea’s border lockdown

With the return of aid workers to the DPRK nowhere in sight, conditions for the most vulnerable are likely worsening

Two years on: Humanitarian consequences of North Korea’s border lockdown
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll | Ethan Jewell January 21, 2022
Surge of iron alloy drives North Korea’s spike in exports to China in December
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Surge of iron alloy drives North Korea’s spike in exports to China in December

Chinese customs data also shows increased DPRK imports of a variety of consumer goods, including dairy and honey

Surge of iron alloy drives North Korea’s spike in exports to China in December
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell January 21, 2022
‘Absolutely crazy’: Chaos at Chinese ports, Omicron threaten DPRK trade restart
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‘Absolutely crazy’: Chaos at Chinese ports, Omicron threaten DPRK trade restart

Handful of cases can shutter entire port cities as Beijing pursues elusive zero-COVID approach

‘Absolutely crazy’: Chaos at Chinese ports, Omicron threaten DPRK trade restart
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell January 20, 2022
North Korea-China trade crashes to lowest level in decades in 2021: Data

North Korea-China trade crashes to lowest level in decades in 2021: Data

Latest figures for December bring yearly total to just $320 million, as COVID-19 restrictions depress trade

North Korea-China trade crashes to lowest level in decades in 2021: Data
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell January 18, 2022
The new normal? Experts see little hope for full restart of North Korean trade
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The new normal? Experts see little hope for full restart of North Korean trade

Even after resumption of overland trade, erratic policy-making and new virus strains could reverse progress in 2022

The new normal? Experts see little hope for full restart of North Korean trade
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll | Ethan Jewell January 17, 2022
US court awards family of Otto Warmbier $240K seized from North Korean bank

US court awards family of Otto Warmbier $240K seized from North Korean bank

Ruling follows 2018 district court decision to award Warmbier family half a billion dollars in wrongful death suit

US court awards family of Otto Warmbier $240K seized from North Korean bank
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell January 17, 2022
North Korea stole $400 million worth of cryptocurrency in 2021: Report
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North Korea stole $400 million worth of cryptocurrency in 2021: Report

DPRK hackers increasingly target ethereum over bitcoin, while bouncing funds between wallets to throw off authorities

North Korea stole $400 million worth of cryptocurrency in 2021: Report
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell January 14, 2022
5 years in the dark: North Korean ship reappears at key Chinese coal terminal
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5 years in the dark: North Korean ship reappears at key Chinese coal terminal

Suspicious visit highlights China’s willingness to overlook sanctions violations, expert says

5 years in the dark: North Korean ship reappears at key Chinese coal terminal
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell January 14, 2022
UNSC meeting on North Korea missile launch falls flat, just ahead of new test

UNSC meeting on North Korea missile launch falls flat, just ahead of new test

UN Security Council fails to condemn last week’s launch of ‘hypersonic’ weapon due to opposition from Russia and China

UNSC meeting on North Korea missile launch falls flat, just ahead of new test
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell January 11, 2022
New Chinese data law creates more headaches for ship trackers in 2022
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New Chinese data law creates more headaches for ship trackers in 2022

The law creates a ‘get-out-of-jail-free’ card for smugglers that hide AIS data, one expert said

New Chinese data law creates more headaches for ship trackers in 2022
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell January 9, 2022
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