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Joe Smith is a News Trainee at NK News.  

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Cry me a river: How North Koreans interpret Kim Jong Un’s tears

Cry me a river: How North Koreans interpret Kim Jong Un’s tears

Experts say state media coverage seeks to ‘humanize’ the leader, regardless of whether the tears are genuine or theater

Cry me a river: How North Koreans interpret Kim Jong Un’s tears
Joe Smith
Joe Smith December 13, 2023
North Korea slams US veto of UN resolution on Israel-Hamas ceasefire

North Korea slams US veto of UN resolution on Israel-Hamas ceasefire

Statement accuses Washington of ‘double standards’ after criticizing other nations for vetoing resolutions against DPRK

North Korea slams US veto of UN resolution on Israel-Hamas ceasefire
Joe Smith
Joe Smith December 11, 2023
North Korea launches rocket toy set that closely copies Lego model

North Korea launches rocket toy set that closely copies Lego model

New toys feature similar logo, figurines and more in what appears to be DPRK’s latest knockoff of foreign products

North Korea launches rocket toy set that closely copies Lego model
Joe Smith
Joe Smith December 8, 2023
North Korea closes embassies in Senegal and Guinea as Africa exodus continues

North Korea closes embassies in Senegal and Guinea as Africa exodus continues

Expert says DPRK appears to have concluded there are few benefits to maintaining historical presence in region

North Korea closes embassies in Senegal and Guinea as Africa exodus continues
Jeongmin Kim
Jeongmin Kim | Joe Smith December 5, 2023
Kim Jong Un’s daughter rocks Gucci shades despite crackdown on bourgeois culture

Kim Jong Un’s daughter rocks Gucci shades despite crackdown on bourgeois culture

Expert says luxury brands are status symbol for North Korean elite but that sanctions likely limit import of new lines

Kim Jong Un’s daughter rocks Gucci shades despite crackdown on bourgeois culture
Joe Smith
Joe Smith December 1, 2023
North Korea to shutter embassy in Democratic Republic of Congo

North Korea to shutter embassy in Democratic Republic of Congo

Official tells NK News that DPRK provided no reason for decision, the 7th confirmed mission closure since last month

North Korea to shutter embassy in Democratic Republic of Congo
Joe Smith
Joe Smith November 28, 2023
North Korea reports on China’s arrest of two Michaels following new allegations

North Korea reports on China’s arrest of two Michaels following new allegations

Expert says rare state media mention of Canadians’ case appears tied to Spavor’s recent accusations against Kovrig

North Korea reports on China’s arrest of two Michaels following new allegations
Joe Smith
Joe Smith November 28, 2023
North Korea closes embassy in Bangladesh, citing ‘operational’ realignment

North Korea closes embassy in Bangladesh, citing ‘operational’ realignment

Mission closure is 6th in last month, a trend expert says is likely due to fewer opportunities to earn funds for regime

North Korea closes embassy in Bangladesh, citing ‘operational’ realignment
Joe Smith
Joe Smith November 27, 2023
EU decries North Korean satellite launch as ‘flagrant violation’ of UN sanctions

EU decries North Korean satellite launch as ‘flagrant violation’ of UN sanctions

27 countries in union also express concern about DPRK-Russia military cooperation, while calling for UN response

EU decries North Korean satellite launch as ‘flagrant violation’ of UN sanctions
Joe Smith
Joe Smith November 24, 2023
South Korea, UK to conduct ‘joint sea patrols’ to enforce North Korea sanctions

South Korea, UK to conduct ‘joint sea patrols’ to enforce North Korea sanctions

Expert says agreement will inject life into sanctions monitoring as Russia and China stonewall new measures

South Korea, UK to conduct ‘joint sea patrols’ to enforce North Korea sanctions
Joe Smith
Joe Smith November 22, 2023