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North Korea hawks marked-up luxury goods to Russian tourists despite sanctions
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North Korea hawks marked-up luxury goods to Russian tourists despite sanctions

Exclusive photos show pricey foreign cosmetics for sale at Pyongyang airport and east coast ski resort this year

North Korea hawks marked-up luxury goods to Russian tourists despite sanctions
Joe Smith
Joe Smith March 29, 2024
North Korean soccer star lands at DPRK club after sanctions derail Europe career

North Korean soccer star lands at DPRK club after sanctions derail Europe career

Pro-regime outlet reports Han Kwang Song now on top April 25 team, and expert says he’s unlikely to play overseas again

North Korean soccer star lands at DPRK club after sanctions derail Europe career
Joe Smith
Joe Smith March 27, 2024
Own goal: Why North Korea suddenly axed plans for World Cup qualifier vs Japan

Own goal: Why North Korea suddenly axed plans for World Cup qualifier vs Japan

Experts say reversal points to incoherent decision-making by a divided leadership weighing the future of COVID policies

Own goal: Why North Korea suddenly axed plans for World Cup qualifier vs Japan
Joe Smith
Joe Smith | Shreyas Reddy March 26, 2024
North Korean TV censors blue jeans while airing British gardening show

North Korean TV censors blue jeans while airing British gardening show

Decision to blur host’s pants reflects regime’s ban on jeans since the early 90s, expert says

North Korean TV censors blue jeans while airing British gardening show
Joe Smith
Joe Smith March 26, 2024
Kim Jong Un congratulates Putin on win in Russia’s rubber-stamp election

Kim Jong Un congratulates Putin on win in Russia’s rubber-stamp election

North Korean leader’s message reflects growing relationship between two countries around war in Ukraine, expert says

Kim Jong Un congratulates Putin on win in Russia’s rubber-stamp election
Joe Smith
Joe Smith March 18, 2024
North Korean ambassador to leave Cuba after ally establishes ties with Seoul

North Korean ambassador to leave Cuba after ally establishes ties with Seoul

Experts say DPRK may be punishing envoy or downgrading post, or just conducting regular rotation of diplomatic staff

North Korean ambassador to leave Cuba after ally establishes ties with Seoul
Joe Smith
Joe Smith March 18, 2024
Photos show North Korea’s progress in clearing inter-Korean liaison office

Photos show North Korea’s progress in clearing inter-Korean liaison office

Symbol of cooperation that DPRK blew up in 2020 was still standing last August, but only parts of structure now remain

Photos show North Korea’s progress in clearing inter-Korean liaison office
Joe Smith
Joe Smith March 15, 2024
North Korean soccer team to face Japan in Pyongyang this month as scheduled

North Korean soccer team to face Japan in Pyongyang this month as scheduled

AFC says men’s World Cup qualifier will not be relocated, setting stage for return of international sport to DPRK

North Korean soccer team to face Japan in Pyongyang this month as scheduled
Joe Smith
Joe Smith March 12, 2024
North Korean delegation visits Mongolia for first time in five years

North Korean delegation visits Mongolia for first time in five years

Vice foreign minister held talks with Mongolian counterpart in sign of DPRK efforts to reengage international community

North Korean delegation visits Mongolia for first time in five years
Joe Smith
Joe Smith March 11, 2024
Japan-born North Korean soccer player joins South Korean domestic team

Japan-born North Korean soccer player joins South Korean domestic team

Ri Yong-jik moves to Anyang FC after 11 year career in Japan, becoming latest North Korean to play for ROK club

Japan-born North Korean soccer player joins South Korean domestic team
Joe Smith
Joe Smith March 8, 2024
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