April 23, 2024

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Joe Smith

Joe Smith is a News Trainee at NK News.  

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Tracing the journey of North Korea’s first tourists in years — in photos
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Tracing the journey of North Korea’s first tourists in years — in photos

Russian visitors offer glimpse of long-isolated DPRK following a four-day trip to the capital and east coast ski resort

Tracing the journey of North Korea’s first tourists in years — in photos
Joe Smith
Joe Smith March 1, 2024
UK in talks with North Korea about sending team to inspect shuttered embassy

UK in talks with North Korea about sending team to inspect shuttered embassy

Swedish ambassador also reportedly arrived in Pyongyang following visit by German delegation to inspect embassy building

UK in talks with North Korea about sending team to inspect shuttered embassy
Joe Smith
Joe Smith February 29, 2024
A job like no other: Inside North Korea’s bid to recruit a German soccer coach

A job like no other: Inside North Korea’s bid to recruit a German soccer coach

Gert Engels visited the DPRK to consider a job coaching the country’s best team, but authorities made it hard to leave

A job like no other: Inside North Korea’s bid to recruit a German soccer coach
Joe Smith
Joe Smith February 28, 2024
German delegation visiting North Korea to inspect embassy building in Pyongyang

German delegation visiting North Korea to inspect embassy building in Pyongyang

Visit likely first by European staff since pandemic began, though Germany says it doesn’t guarantee embassy reopening

German delegation visiting North Korea to inspect embassy building in Pyongyang
Joe Smith
Joe Smith February 27, 2024
North Korea once again fails to pay its contribution to UN budget on time

North Korea once again fails to pay its contribution to UN budget on time

DPRK has repeatedly paid late in recent years, which one expert says may reflect country’s financial struggles

North Korea once again fails to pay its contribution to UN budget on time
Joe Smith
Joe Smith February 26, 2024
North Korea-Japan women’s soccer match relocated from DPRK to third country

North Korea-Japan women’s soccer match relocated from DPRK to third country

AFC confirms Olympic qualifier won’t be in Pyongyang, with Japanese media reporting game will take place in Saudi Arabia

North Korea-Japan women’s soccer match relocated from DPRK to third country
Joe Smith
Joe Smith February 20, 2024
North Korea says foreign acts won’t attend spring art festival in April

North Korea says foreign acts won’t attend spring art festival in April

DPRK officials tell NK News that international artists will perform via video and tourism won’t resume for 2-3 months

North Korea says foreign acts won’t attend spring art festival in April
Joe Smith
Joe Smith February 19, 2024
Pyongyang International Film Festival set to return after 4-year hiatus

Pyongyang International Film Festival set to return after 4-year hiatus

Annual event typically open to international audiences but unclear whether regime will relent on travel controls

Pyongyang International Film Festival set to return after 4-year hiatus
Joe Smith
Joe Smith February 13, 2024
Autocrat allies? How Kim Jong Un could boost ties with ‘North Korea of Europe’

Autocrat allies? How Kim Jong Un could boost ties with ‘North Korea of Europe’

Belarus-DPRK relations have been minimal for decades, but their shared outsider status means that could soon change

Autocrat allies? How Kim Jong Un could boost ties with ‘North Korea of Europe’
Joe Smith
Joe Smith February 5, 2024
John Bolton warns of ‘reckless deal’ with North Korea should Trump be reelected

John Bolton warns of ‘reckless deal’ with North Korea should Trump be reelected

Former national security adviser cautioned such deal would further alienate Seoul and extend Beijing’s influence

John Bolton warns of ‘reckless deal’ with North Korea should Trump be reelected
Joe Smith
Joe Smith February 1, 2024
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