September 26, 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 economy contracts for second straight year, ROK central bank says

North Korea’s economy contracts for second straight year, ROK central bank says

Bank of Korea estimates 0.1% contraction as COVID, economic mismanagement and sanctions weigh on the economy

North Korea’s economy contracts for second straight year, ROK central bank says
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Ethan Jewell July 28, 2022
First stop, North Korea: Chinese ship makes apparent maiden voyage to Nampho
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First stop, North Korea: Chinese ship makes apparent maiden voyage to Nampho

Lack of history and registration raises possibility Pyongyang has acquired vessel or that it’s using cover identity

First stop, North Korea: Chinese ship makes apparent maiden voyage to Nampho
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Ethan Jewell July 27, 2022
North Korea flexes foreign networks to acquire new cargo ship: Investigation
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North Korea flexes foreign networks to acquire new cargo ship: Investigation

Latest purchase to bolster merchant fleet once again demonstrates DPRK’s ability to evade UN sanctions, expert says

North Korea flexes foreign networks to acquire new cargo ship: Investigation
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Ethan Jewell July 26, 2022
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Ethan Jewell July 19, 2022
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