September 19, 2021

About the author

Hamish Macdonald

Hamish Macdonald is an Associate Fellow at RUSI who formerly worked on Project SANDSTONE and formerly a journalist and researcher who has focused uniquely on North Korea related topics and affairs. He was previously the COO of the Korea Risk Group, which produces the NK News and NK Pro. Specialising in this area, his investigations covered topics including North Korean sanctions evasion activities, domestic economic development and human rights.

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North Korean coal smuggling route to China rebounds to pre-COVID activity levels
NK PRO

North Korean coal smuggling route to China rebounds to pre-COVID activity levels

At least 17 DPRK-linked ships traversed Chinese waters as authorities turn a blind eye to illicit shipping

North Korean coal smuggling route to China rebounds to pre-COVID activity levels
North Korea sanctions evasion efforts detailed in UN’s latest PoE report

North Korea sanctions evasion efforts detailed in UN’s latest PoE report

Report shows a wide range of violations due to poor enforcement, foreign intermediaries and evasion

North Korea sanctions evasion efforts detailed in UN’s latest PoE report
Hamish Macdonald
Hamish Macdonald March 12, 2019
Zimbabwe says it ordered expulsion of North Koreans affiliated with Mansudae

Zimbabwe says it ordered expulsion of North Koreans affiliated with Mansudae

Decision taken to comply with UNSC resolutions, spokesperson says

Zimbabwe says it ordered expulsion of North Koreans affiliated with Mansudae
Hamish Macdonald
Hamish Macdonald March 5, 2019
North Korea in February 2019: a month in review and what’s ahead
NK PRO

North Korea in February 2019: a month in review and what’s ahead

An analytic look at the main developments of the February 1-February 28 period

North Korea in February 2019: a month in review and what’s ahead
Chloe Joo
Chloe Joo | Hamish Macdonald March 5, 2019
The Hanoi summit: experts react

The Hanoi summit: experts react

DPRK watchers weigh in on the second Trump-Kim meeting summit and the apparent impasse in Hanoi

The Hanoi summit: experts react
Hamish Macdonald
Hamish Macdonald February 28, 2019
North Korean foreign ministry delegation en route to China: KCNA

North Korean foreign ministry delegation en route to China: KCNA

Visit comes amid a broader warming of Sino-DPRK diplomatic ties

North Korean foreign ministry delegation en route to China: KCNA
Hamish Macdonald
Hamish Macdonald February 28, 2019
Spain investigating alleged incident at North Korean embassy in Madrid

Spain investigating alleged incident at North Korean embassy in Madrid

Reports of robbery and hostage taking spark inquiry by local authorities

Spain investigating alleged incident at North Korean embassy in Madrid
Hamish Macdonald
Hamish Macdonald February 27, 2019
North Korea committed to dismantling uranium, plutonium facilities: White House

North Korea committed to dismantling uranium, plutonium facilities: White House

U.S. prepared to "mobilize investment, improve infrastructure, enhance food security, and more"

North Korea committed to dismantling uranium, plutonium facilities: White House
Hamish Macdonald
Hamish Macdonald February 22, 2019
Trump withholding information on North Korea, congressmen claim

Trump withholding information on North Korea, congressmen claim

Chairmen raise concerns about "disconnect" between intel community and administration on DPRK

Trump withholding information on North Korea, congressmen claim
Hamish Macdonald
Hamish Macdonald February 21, 2019
Daughter of North Korean diplomat returned to DPRK last year, Italy confirms

Daughter of North Korean diplomat returned to DPRK last year, Italy confirms

Italian foreign ministry says that Jo Song Gil's daughter returned to North Korea in November

Daughter of North Korean diplomat returned to DPRK last year, Italy confirms
Hamish Macdonald
Hamish Macdonald February 20, 2019
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