May 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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Ghost ship: North Korean fishing trawler presumed scrapped returns from the dead

Ghost ship: North Korean fishing trawler presumed scrapped returns from the dead

DPRK television broadcast footage of Sam Chon Li 1 more than three years after it vanished from ship-tracking systems

Ghost ship: North Korean fishing trawler presumed scrapped returns from the dead
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell March 7, 2022
US Senators call for greater cryptocurrency regulation against ‘rogue’ states

US Senators call for greater cryptocurrency regulation against ‘rogue’ states

Move reflects Washington’s growing ‘appetite’ to wrangle in novel fintech exploited by DPRK, expert says

US Senators call for greater cryptocurrency regulation against ‘rogue’ states
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell March 4, 2022
North Korea mostly to blame for growing human suffering — not sanctions: Report

North Korea mostly to blame for growing human suffering — not sanctions: Report

Country’s virus controls compound long-running humanitarian crises, as NGOs anticipate bleak future for DPRK aid work

North Korea mostly to blame for growing human suffering — not sanctions: Report
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell March 2, 2022
Hong Kong companies paid $45 million for oil delivered to North Korea: Report

Hong Kong companies paid $45 million for oil delivered to North Korea: Report

Evidence from UN Panel of Experts report ties payments to Taiwanese firm allegedly linked to major oil trader

Hong Kong companies paid $45 million for oil delivered to North Korea: Report
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell March 1, 2022
New hotspots emerge for ship-to-ship oil transfers to North Korea: UN report
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New hotspots emerge for ship-to-ship oil transfers to North Korea: UN report

Foreign vessels are smuggling oil outside Nampho and off west coast, as DPRK’s pandemic controls prevent docking

New hotspots emerge for ship-to-ship oil transfers to North Korea: UN report
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell February 25, 2022
Justice Department scraps Trump-era China program, expands focus to North Korea

Justice Department scraps Trump-era China program, expands focus to North Korea

US prosecutor says new policy will target DPRK cyber threats and ‘nefarious activity’ by ‘hostile’ states

Justice Department scraps Trump-era China program, expands focus to North Korea
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell February 24, 2022
Technical disputes over North Korea sanctions violations return in UN report

Technical disputes over North Korea sanctions violations return in UN report

Different interpretations of UN resolutions create space for countries to trade possibly banned goods with Pyongyang

Technical disputes over North Korea sanctions violations return in UN report
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell February 23, 2022
Coal, ships and steel: New Hong Kong company flouts DPRK sanctions, report says
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Coal, ships and steel: New Hong Kong company flouts DPRK sanctions, report says

Firm’s murky origins and alleged dealings fit the bill of Pyongyang’s usual cast of overseas collaborators

Coal, ships and steel: New Hong Kong company flouts DPRK sanctions, report says
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell February 22, 2022
Kim Jong Un attends groundbreaking ceremony for veggie greenhouse megaproject

Kim Jong Un attends groundbreaking ceremony for veggie greenhouse megaproject

Latest effort to solve food shortages in North Korea overlooks incentives for farmers, says expert

Kim Jong Un attends groundbreaking ceremony for veggie greenhouse megaproject
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell February 19, 2022
US appoints first cryptocurrency crime czar as North Korean cybertheft ramps up

US appoints first cryptocurrency crime czar as North Korean cybertheft ramps up

Washington on the right track but it’s unlikely able to reclaim stolen crypto from DPRK-linked groups, experts say

US appoints first cryptocurrency crime czar as North Korean cybertheft ramps up
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell February 18, 2022
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