May 22, 2024

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Joe Smith

Joe Smith is a News Trainee at NK News.  

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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
North Korea shutters embassy in Libya marking sixth closure in Africa

North Korea shutters embassy in Libya marking sixth closure in Africa

DPRK missions subject to spate of closures since last year which some experts say relates to lack of economic benefits

North Korea shutters embassy in Libya marking sixth closure in Africa
Joe Smith
Joe Smith | Joon Ha Park January 30, 2024
Chinese delegation arrives in North Korea after visit by vice foreign minister

Chinese delegation arrives in North Korea after visit by vice foreign minister

Group is in Pyongyang to celebrate North Korea-China Friendship Lunar New Year Festival for first time since 2020

Chinese delegation arrives in North Korea after visit by vice foreign minister
Joe Smith
Joe Smith January 30, 2024
DPRK top diplomat and Chinese vice foreign minister vow to bolster ties in 2024

DPRK top diplomat and Chinese vice foreign minister vow to bolster ties in 2024

Chinese delegation visits DPRK as Beijing and Pyongyang celebrate 75 years of diplomatic relations

DPRK top diplomat and Chinese vice foreign minister vow to bolster ties in 2024
Anton Sokolin
Anton Sokolin | Joe Smith January 26, 2024
Mongolian ambassador and embassy staff arrived in Pyongyang in Dec: Sources

Mongolian ambassador and embassy staff arrived in Pyongyang in Dec: Sources

Rotation of diplomat and staff is only third after China and Russia since DPRK shut its borders in 2020

Mongolian ambassador and embassy staff arrived in Pyongyang in Dec: Sources
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll | Joe Smith January 25, 2024
South Korea slams weapons transfers between North Korea and Russia

South Korea slams weapons transfers between North Korea and Russia

UN envoy decries apparent arms deals as direct violation of sanctions while Moscow representative blames ‘the West’

South Korea slams weapons transfers between North Korea and Russia
Joe Smith
Joe Smith January 23, 2024
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