May 26, 2024

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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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Dissecting Kim Jong Un’s plenum speech on North Korea’s 2024 plans – Ep. 323
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Dissecting Kim Jong Un’s plenum speech on North Korea’s 2024 plans – Ep. 323

The NK News team discusses the DPRK’s overhaul of inter-Korean policy, future satellite launches and more

Dissecting Kim Jong Un’s plenum speech on North Korea’s 2024 plans – Ep. 323
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News January 3, 2024
What over 100 experts think about North Korea’s next steps – Ep. 322
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What over 100 experts think about North Korea’s next steps – Ep. 322

Chad O’Carroll discusses survey results on influencing Pyongyang, prospects for reopening, inter-Korean policy and more

What over 100 experts think about North Korea’s next steps – Ep. 322
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News December 27, 2023
Communicating with North Korea through faxes and phone calls – Ep. 321
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Communicating with North Korea through faxes and phone calls – Ep. 321

Michael Bosack discusses how the UN Command engages the DPRK and its role in incidents like Travis King’s defection

Communicating with North Korea through faxes and phone calls – Ep. 321
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News December 20, 2023
What we know about Kim Jong Un’s daughter, one year after her reveal – Ep. 320
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What we know about Kim Jong Un’s daughter, one year after her reveal – Ep. 320

The NK News team discusses DPRK embassy closures in Africa, Kim’s speech to mothers and more

What we know about Kim Jong Un’s daughter, one year after her reveal – Ep. 320
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News December 13, 2023
Behind the scenes of the US approach to North Korea – Ep. 319
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Behind the scenes of the US approach to North Korea – Ep. 319

Former US intelligence officer Sydney Seiler returns to the podcast to answer questions from listeners

Behind the scenes of the US approach to North Korea – Ep. 319
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News December 6, 2023
The role of the UN Command in keeping peace with North Korea – Ep. 318
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The role of the UN Command in keeping peace with North Korea – Ep. 318

Deputy Commander Lt. Gen. Andrew Harrison talks about how 17 member states help uphold the Korean War Armistice

The role of the UN Command in keeping peace with North Korea – Ep. 318
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News November 29, 2023
North Korea’s successful satellite launch and what it means – Ep. 317
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North Korea’s successful satellite launch and what it means – Ep. 317

The NK News team discusses the DPRK’s new reconnaissance capability and scrapping of an inter-Korean military deal

North Korea’s successful satellite launch and what it means – Ep. 317
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News November 24, 2023
Filming treacherous defections from North Korea – Ep. 316
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Filming treacherous defections from North Korea – Ep. 316

Sue Mi Terry discusses her documentary ‘Beyond Utopia’ and the underground networks that help people escape the DPRK

Filming treacherous defections from North Korea – Ep. 316
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News November 22, 2023
The growing evidence of North Korean weapons trade with Russia – Ep. 315
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The growing evidence of North Korean weapons trade with Russia – Ep. 315

The NK News team discusses Pyongyang’s ties with Moscow, overseas IT workers, boat defections and more

The growing evidence of North Korean weapons trade with Russia – Ep. 315
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News November 15, 2023
Divisions over how to tackle North Korean human rights issues – Ep. 314
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Divisions over how to tackle North Korean human rights issues – Ep. 314

Jacob Reidhead discusses how South Korean politics impact human rights policy, plus analyzing DPRK’s embassy closures

Divisions over how to tackle North Korean human rights issues – Ep. 314
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News November 8, 2023
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