December 04, 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 imported more than a million masks as COVID cases declined in July
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North Korea imported more than a million masks as COVID cases declined in July

Chinese trade data shows DPRK paid high per unit price, while also receiving 10 million kg of rice ahead of fall harvest

North Korea imported more than a million masks as COVID cases declined in July
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Ethan Jewell August 22, 2022
North Korea’s trade with China jumps to highest level since April COVID outbreak

North Korea’s trade with China jumps to highest level since April COVID outbreak

Uptick aligns with DPRK’s self-reported decline in cases, though total trade still far below pre-pandemic peak

North Korea’s trade with China jumps to highest level since April COVID outbreak
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Ethan Jewell August 18, 2022
North Korean hackers expand spear-phishing campaign to target Mac computers
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North Korean hackers expand spear-phishing campaign to target Mac computers

Modified malware enables DPRK to hit more victims and steal more cryptocurrency, experts say

North Korean hackers expand spear-phishing campaign to target Mac computers
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Ethan Jewell August 18, 2022
UN approves shipment of pediatric medical equipment to North Korea

UN approves shipment of pediatric medical equipment to North Korea

Nonprofit receives sanctions waiver to send aid to a Pyongyang rehabilitation center, but unclear when it might arrive

UN approves shipment of pediatric medical equipment to North Korea
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Ethan Jewell August 17, 2022
US, ROK, Japan wrap up missile tracking drills in response to DPRK threats

US, ROK, Japan wrap up missile tracking drills in response to DPRK threats

Expert says Seoul’s willingness to share intel with Tokyo a ‘breath of fresh air’ after years of mutual animosity

US, ROK, Japan wrap up missile tracking drills in response to DPRK threats
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Ethan Jewell August 16, 2022
Yoon floats new details of ‘audacious’ plan to revitalize North Korea’s economy

Yoon floats new details of ‘audacious’ plan to revitalize North Korea’s economy

ROK president promises aid if DPRK disarms, but expert says Pyongyang won’t be interested without sanctions relief

Yoon floats new details of ‘audacious’ plan to revitalize North Korea’s economy
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Ethan Jewell August 15, 2022
China’s retaliation over Taiwan endangers cooperation on North Korea: Experts

China’s retaliation over Taiwan endangers cooperation on North Korea: Experts

Increasing hostility between Beijing and Washington could give Pyongyang more leeway to evade sanctions

China’s retaliation over Taiwan endangers cooperation on North Korea: Experts
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Ethan Jewell August 12, 2022
North Korea laundered $34M through popular cryptocurrency bridge: Report
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North Korea laundered $34M through popular cryptocurrency bridge: Report

Bridges connect two or more blockchains and can anonymize transactions, making them appealing to state-sponsored hackers

North Korea laundered $34M through popular cryptocurrency bridge: Report
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Ethan Jewell August 11, 2022
US-ROK working group meets to discuss North Korean cyber threats for first time
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US-ROK working group meets to discuss North Korean cyber threats for first time

Two allies have pledged greater cooperation to deter state-sponsored cyberattacks that fund DPRK weapons programs

US-ROK working group meets to discuss North Korean cyber threats for first time
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Ethan Jewell August 10, 2022
Chinese trader hawks North Korean food and spirits at new import exhibition

Chinese trader hawks North Korean food and spirits at new import exhibition

New initiative represents significant downscaling from pre-COVID ambitions for greater economic cooperation

Chinese trader hawks North Korean food and spirits at new import exhibition
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Ethan Jewell August 10, 2022
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