December 05, 2022

About the author

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. Follow him on Twitter @JaccoZed

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Unplugging from the North Korean matrix – Ep. 254
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Unplugging from the North Korean matrix – Ep. 254

Seohyun Lee discusses her life in an elite DPRK family and how her view of the country radically changed while abroad

Unplugging from the North Korean matrix – Ep. 254
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News September 20, 2022
How nuclear weapons help North Korea punch above its weight – Ep. 253
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How nuclear weapons help North Korea punch above its weight – Ep. 253

Sung-Yoon Lee discusses grim realities of the Kim Jong Un regime and why denuclearization summit talks are pointless

How nuclear weapons help North Korea punch above its weight – Ep. 253
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News September 13, 2022
North Korea declares COVID victory and lashes out at US-ROK drills – Ep. 252
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North Korea declares COVID victory and lashes out at US-ROK drills – Ep. 252

The NK News team discusses the biggest events in August, from DPRK’s COVID ‘victory’ to an attack on a defector-activist

North Korea declares COVID victory and lashes out at US-ROK drills – Ep. 252
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News September 6, 2022
Why it’s in America’s interest to withdraw troops from Korea – Ep. 251
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Why it’s in America’s interest to withdraw troops from Korea – Ep. 251

Doug Bandow discusses the limits of US power on the peninsula and why Seoul can effectively defend against North Korea

Why it’s in America’s interest to withdraw troops from Korea – Ep. 251
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News August 30, 2022
How the first North Korean to face charges in US triggered a diplomatic standoff

How the first North Korean to face charges in US triggered a diplomatic standoff

O Nam Chol was accused of sexual assault in 1982, forcing DPRK and US to negotiate for first time in decades

How the first North Korean to face charges in US triggered a diplomatic standoff
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Jacco Zwetsloot August 22, 2022
When North Korea invited East German secret police to Pyongyang – Ep. 249
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When North Korea invited East German secret police to Pyongyang – Ep. 249

Bernd Schaefer discusses how the Stasi helped the DPRK host a massive festival just months before the Berlin Wall fell

When North Korea invited East German secret police to Pyongyang – Ep. 249
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News August 16, 2022
North Korea threatens death penalty for illegal drug sales – Ep. 248
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North Korea threatens death penalty for illegal drug sales – Ep. 248

The NK News team talks latest developments on DPRK, from forced repatriation to COVID and more

North Korea threatens death penalty for illegal drug sales – Ep. 248
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News August 9, 2022
Up close and personal at the Demilitarized Zone – Ep. 247
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Up close and personal at the Demilitarized Zone – Ep. 247

NK News team members and former military cross Civilian Control Line to get close to North Korea in central border area

Up close and personal at the Demilitarized Zone – Ep. 247
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News August 2, 2022
Emerging North Korean threats in cyber and outer space – Ep. 246
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Emerging North Korean threats in cyber and outer space – Ep. 246

Cho Dongyoun talks unmanned aerial vehicles, DPRK battlefield tactics, South Korean defenses and more

Emerging North Korean threats in cyber and outer space – Ep. 246
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News July 26, 2022
How Sweden created a safe space for North Korea talks – NKNews Podcast Ep. 245
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How Sweden created a safe space for North Korea talks – NKNews Podcast Ep. 245

Ambassador Jakob Hallgren discusses the 2018 summitry and Stockholms role in diplomacy on the Korean Peninsula

How Sweden created a safe space for North Korea talks – NKNews Podcast Ep. 245
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News July 19, 2022
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