Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News
July 13, 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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Seoul sues North Korea, inter-Korean naval tensions and more – Ep. 294
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Karl Friedhoff talks ROK polls, plus a new NK Pro analysis reveals China expanding prisons that hold defectors

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Kathleen Stephens discusses the DPRK’s 2010 attacks on South Korea, the breakdown of six-party talks and more

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North Korea’s strategy for coping with the consequences of nukes – Ep. 287
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