August 16, 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’s COVID-19 testing limitations cast fog over outbreak’s future

North Korea’s COVID-19 testing limitations cast fog over outbreak’s future

Expert says DPRK’s ‘crude’ approach to identifying variants could lead to continued uncertainty about true case counts

North Korea’s COVID-19 testing limitations cast fog over outbreak’s future
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell July 26, 2022
North Korean appeals 13-year sentence to Russian penal colony for 2019 attack

North Korean appeals 13-year sentence to Russian penal colony for 2019 attack

Fisherman was one of two sentenced to time for attack on Russian coast guard, and case will now go to higher court

North Korean appeals 13-year sentence to Russian penal colony for 2019 attack
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell July 25, 2022
Seoul preparing to allow access to North Korean media: Unification ministry

Seoul preparing to allow access to North Korean media: Unification ministry

Move aims to encourage Pyongyang to open up to South Korean media and would relax ban on viewing DPRK propaganda

Seoul preparing to allow access to North Korean media: Unification ministry
North Korea buys thousands more ventilators, hinting at untold COVID suffering
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North Korea buys thousands more ventilators, hinting at untold COVID suffering

Import of medical equipment from China appears at odds with state media claims of only 75 deaths from 5 million cases

North Korea buys thousands more ventilators, hinting at untold COVID suffering
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell July 20, 2022
US recovers half million dollars stolen by North Korean hackers from hospitals
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US recovers half million dollars stolen by North Korean hackers from hospitals

Justice Department links attack on medical centers in Kansas and Colorado to DPRK’s Maui ransomware campaign

US recovers half million dollars stolen by North Korean hackers from hospitals
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell July 20, 2022
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
Ethan Jewell
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
Ethan Jewell
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
Ethan Jewell
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
Ethan Jewell
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
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell July 15, 2022
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