May 22, 2024

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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.

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North Korean crops improve little despite Kim Jong Un’s food fixation
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North Korean crops improve little despite Kim Jong Un’s food fixation

NK Pro analysis shows North Korean crop health has stagnated despite regime’s efforts to alleviate food shortages

North Korean crops improve little despite Kim Jong Un’s food fixation
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell September 30, 2022
Tanker tied to North Korean oil smuggling spoofed scrapped vessel: UN report

Tanker tied to North Korean oil smuggling spoofed scrapped vessel: UN report

Investigators say Diamond 8’s latest identity also connected to other ships scrapped after moving fuel for Pyongyang

Tanker tied to North Korean oil smuggling spoofed scrapped vessel: UN report
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell September 30, 2022
North Korean hackers using NFTs to steal and launder funds: UN report
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North Korean hackers using NFTs to steal and launder funds: UN report

DPRK has been linked to multiple NFT schemes, and expert says it could manipulate token values to drive illicit gains

North Korean hackers using NFTs to steal and launder funds: UN report
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell September 26, 2022
US aircraft carrier arrives in ROK in show of force against North Korean threats

US aircraft carrier arrives in ROK in show of force against North Korean threats

USS Ronald Reagan to join joint drills with South Korea as allies boost deterrence against DPRK threats

US aircraft carrier arrives in ROK in show of force against North Korean threats
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell September 23, 2022
North Korean tankers skipping COVID quarantine to deliver oil: UN report
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North Korean tankers skipping COVID quarantine to deliver oil: UN report

DPRK ships ‘rapidly’ conducting illicit transfers outside Nampho before returning to port, according to Panel of Experts

North Korean tankers skipping COVID quarantine to deliver oil: UN report
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell September 22, 2022
North Korean flight broadcasts pick up after years of pandemic silence: Data

North Korean flight broadcasts pick up after years of pandemic silence: Data

Unclear if traffic relates to DPRK’s claim of COVID ‘victory,’ though expert says one flight may have been for training

North Korean flight broadcasts pick up after years of pandemic silence: Data
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell September 21, 2022
Canadian frigate embarks on North Korea sanctions monitoring mission

Canadian frigate embarks on North Korea sanctions monitoring mission

HMCS Vancouver and two aircraft to patrol Indo-Pacific to counter illicit activities supporting DPRK’s weapons programs

Canadian frigate embarks on North Korea sanctions monitoring mission
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell September 21, 2022
Taiwanese firm’s ‘permissiveness’ undercuts North Korea sanctions: UN report

Taiwanese firm’s ‘permissiveness’ undercuts North Korea sanctions: UN report

Investigators say Cheng Chiun Shipping Agency ‘inconsistent’ about alleged role in illicit oil procurement scheme

Taiwanese firm’s ‘permissiveness’ undercuts North Korea sanctions: UN report
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell September 20, 2022
North Korea imports $2M in alcohol from China, exports huge sum of tungsten
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North Korea imports $2M in alcohol from China, exports huge sum of tungsten

Expert calls August trade figures a ‘promising sign’ for Pyongyang as country rebounds from mass COVID outbreak

North Korea imports $2M in alcohol from China, exports huge sum of tungsten
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell September 20, 2022
North Korean exports to China hit COVID-era high as trade continues to recover

North Korean exports to China hit COVID-era high as trade continues to recover

Despite jump, expert says figures remain far enough below pre-pandemic levels that single shipment can sway totals

North Korean exports to China hit COVID-era high as trade continues to recover
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell September 19, 2022
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