January 23, 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 Korea barrels past oil cap after a slow start this year: Report

North Korea barrels past oil cap after a slow start this year: Report

The DPRK likely violated UN-imposed sanctions on oil imports, but experts say uptick in demand a good sign for economy

North Korea barrels past oil cap after a slow start this year: Report
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell December 16, 2021
Bump in DPRK coal exports to China continues, outlasting energy crisis: Imagery
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Bump in DPRK coal exports to China continues, outlasting energy crisis: Imagery

Ship activity at key coal hubs suggest trade continues after flurry of Chinese orders in October

Bump in DPRK coal exports to China continues, outlasting energy crisis: Imagery
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell December 15, 2021
China still throwing cash at an unused bridge to North Korea

China still throwing cash at an unused bridge to North Korea

Expert says investment reflects Chinese border law and desire to maintain ‘connectivity’ with DPRK, including for trade

China still throwing cash at an unused bridge to North Korea
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell December 13, 2021
European Council renews human rights sanctions against North Korean officials

European Council renews human rights sanctions against North Korean officials

Sanctions target key members of Kim Jong Un’s regime, but experts and human rights advocates say more could be done

European Council renews human rights sanctions against North Korean officials
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell December 8, 2021
How North Korea’s use-it-or-lose-it power grid impacts energy trade
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How North Korea’s use-it-or-lose-it power grid impacts energy trade

The DPRK’s rickety power network means exporting electricity sometimes makes more sense than using it

How North Korea’s use-it-or-lose-it power grid impacts energy trade
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell December 7, 2021
Chinese city announces winning bids for upgrades to China-DPRK border station

Chinese city announces winning bids for upgrades to China-DPRK border station

Dandong contracts tech firms to install electrical systems in sign of continuing preparations to resume overland trade

Chinese city announces winning bids for upgrades to China-DPRK border station
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell November 30, 2021
North Korean group deploys sophisticated malware suite against DPRK watchers
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North Korean group deploys sophisticated malware suite against DPRK watchers

With laser-like focus, DPRK-backed ScarCruft orchestrated attack one expert described as ‘devastating’ to privacy

North Korean group deploys sophisticated malware suite against DPRK watchers
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell November 29, 2021
North Korea reels in cash from fishing permits this year, despite UN ban
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North Korea reels in cash from fishing permits this year, despite UN ban

Ship-tracking data shows scores of Chinese vessels entered DPRK’s economic zone as fishers seek out cleaner waters

North Korea reels in cash from fishing permits this year, despite UN ban
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell November 26, 2021
Canada spots 24 suspected ship-to-ship transfers in DPRK sanctions operations

Canada spots 24 suspected ship-to-ship transfers in DPRK sanctions operations

Frigate and aircraft deployed in October detect over 100 suspicious vessels as part of multinational campaign

Canada spots 24 suspected ship-to-ship transfers in DPRK sanctions operations
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell November 25, 2021
North Korea imports more soap from China, dials up electricity exports
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North Korea imports more soap from China, dials up electricity exports

Expert says soap and surfactants may be for sterilizing imports, as rumors swirl of a restart to overland trade

North Korea imports more soap from China, dials up electricity exports
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell November 22, 2021