September 26, 2023

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Jacco Zwetsloot

Jacco Zwetsloot has been the host of the NK News Podcast since episode 1 in February 2018. He has interviewed a wide range of guests about their knowledge of and experience in North Korea, from celebrity defectors to high-ranking U.S. government officials. His goal is to help as wide a cross-section of North Korea-related stories as possible be told, in order to build up a fuller picture. Jacco has a Master of Arts from Leiden University, for which he wrote a thesis on North Korean graphic novels.

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What to make of Kim Jong Un’s second summit with Vladimir Putin – Ep. 307
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What to make of Kim Jong Un’s second summit with Vladimir Putin – Ep. 307

The NK News team reviews North Korean leader’s whirlwind tour through Russian Far East, the potential fallout and more

What to make of Kim Jong Un’s second summit with Vladimir Putin – Ep. 307
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News September 20, 2023
Lessons from four decades shaping US policy on North Korea – Ep. 306
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Lessons from four decades shaping US policy on North Korea – Ep. 306

Sydney Seiler discusses his work as a negotiator and intelligence officer, plus Kim Jong Un travels to Russia

Lessons from four decades shaping US policy on North Korea – Ep. 306
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News September 13, 2023
Why Kim Jong Un might want to discuss weapons sales with Putin – Ep. 305
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Why Kim Jong Un might want to discuss weapons sales with Putin – Ep. 305

The NK News team discusses North Korea-Russia military cooperation, US-ROK drills, DPRK easing border controls and more

Why Kim Jong Un might want to discuss weapons sales with Putin – Ep. 305
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News September 6, 2023
Inside the UN Panel of Experts overseeing North Korea sanctions – Ep. 304
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Inside the UN Panel of Experts overseeing North Korea sanctions – Ep. 304

Former panel head Eric Penton-Voak explains how to decipher its reports on violations of DPRK sanctions regime

Inside the UN Panel of Experts overseeing North Korea sanctions – Ep. 304
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News August 30, 2023
How one activist helps North Koreans grow their own food – Ep. 303
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How one activist helps North Koreans grow their own food – Ep. 303

Tim Peters of Helping Hands Korea talks about sending seeds to the DPRK and supporting North Koreans escapees

How one activist helps North Koreans grow their own food – Ep. 303
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News August 23, 2023
North Korea’s imitation of foreign brands, from Choco Pie to Dior – Ep. 302
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North Korea’s imitation of foreign brands, from Choco Pie to Dior – Ep. 302

UniKorea staff discuss the DPRK’s copycat products, plus a tour company says DPRK will soon open its borders

North Korea’s imitation of foreign brands, from Choco Pie to Dior – Ep. 302
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News August 16, 2023
The FBI investigation into Virgil Griffith, crypto guru to North Korea – Ep. 301
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The FBI investigation into Virgil Griffith, crypto guru to North Korea – Ep. 301

FBI agent Brandon Cavanaugh discusses how Griffith ignored US warnings and helped the DPRK evade sanctions

The FBI investigation into Virgil Griffith, crypto guru to North Korea – Ep. 301
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News August 9, 2023
North Korea welcomes special guests for a ‘Victory Day’ parade – Ep. 300
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North Korea welcomes special guests for a ‘Victory Day’ parade – Ep. 300

The NK News team discusses DPRK’s second nighttime military spectacle of year and celebrates 300 episodes of the podcast

North Korea welcomes special guests for a ‘Victory Day’ parade – Ep. 300
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News August 1, 2023
The American prisoners of war left behind in North Korea – Ep. 299
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The American prisoners of war left behind in North Korea – Ep. 299

Investigative journalist Mark Sauter discusses the soldiers that remain unaccounted for 70 years after the Korean War

The American prisoners of war left behind in North Korea – Ep. 299
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News July 26, 2023
What’s next for the American soldier who crossed into North Korea – Ep. 298
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What’s next for the American soldier who crossed into North Korea – Ep. 298

The NK News team discusses possible outcomes of apparent defection and when DPRK shot down a US spy plane in 1969

What’s next for the American soldier who crossed into North Korea – Ep. 298
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News July 19, 2023
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