September 27, 2021

About the author

Martin Weiser

Martin Weiser received his MA from Korea University in 2014 with a thesis explaining North Korea’s changing human rights policy. He has continued researching North Korea’s political history as an independent researcher since then. His writings have appeared on SinoNK and in 2018 an article on the country’s legal system appeared in the European Journal of Korean Studies.

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Changes to North Korea’s Foreign Trade Law point to tightening of state control
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Changes to North Korea’s Foreign Trade Law point to tightening of state control

Latest revisions amid pandemic lockdown also suggest efforts to diversify trade and protect domestic production

Changes to North Korea’s Foreign Trade Law point to tightening of state control
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser September 20, 2021
Bureaucratic flip-flop: former propaganda head back in post months after leaving
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Bureaucratic flip-flop: former propaganda head back in post months after leaving

Reappointment of Ri Il Hwan suggests dissatisfaction with his replacement, or a behind-the-scenes power struggle

Bureaucratic flip-flop: former propaganda head back in post months after leaving
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser August 26, 2021
Kim Jong Un, in naming a successor, follows a similar precedent to Mao
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Kim Jong Un, in naming a successor, follows a similar precedent to Mao

North Korea's creation of an immediate deputy to leader resembles China's plan to name a successor for ailing Mao Zedong

Kim Jong Un, in naming a successor, follows a similar precedent to Mao
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser August 12, 2021
Changes to North Korea’s military leadership on display during mausoleum visit
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Changes to North Korea’s military leadership on display during mausoleum visit

Kim Jong Un’s visit to Kumsusan last week showcased changes suggesting military’s role in 'grave' COVID-19 incident

Changes to North Korea’s military leadership on display during mausoleum visit
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser July 12, 2021
Was there a major shakeup of top officials at North Korea’s politburo meeting?
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Was there a major shakeup of top officials at North Korea’s politburo meeting?

Empty seats, voting abstentions may indicate demotions among Kim Jong Un’s top military and other officials

Was there a major shakeup of top officials at North Korea’s politburo meeting?
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser July 1, 2021
Why you can’t believe everything you read about North Korea

Why you can’t believe everything you read about North Korea

A typo on a U.N. database led to misleading reports from uncritical journalists, but the mistake was avoidable

Why you can’t believe everything you read about North Korea
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser June 17, 2021
End of North Korean unification magazine another sign of friction on peninsula
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End of North Korean unification magazine another sign of friction on peninsula

Committee for the June 15 joint declaration has not published its periodical since January

End of North Korean unification magazine another sign of friction on peninsula
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser June 16, 2021
What Kim Jong Un wants from his local political leaders
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What Kim Jong Un wants from his local political leaders

A rhetorical splitting of hairs reveals deeper shifts away from the personality cult of the Kim family

What Kim Jong Un wants from his local political leaders
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser June 7, 2021
Revised party regulations point to new inter-Korean outlook
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Revised party regulations point to new inter-Korean outlook

Reported changes also suggest curtailed leadership cult and possible position for a successor

Revised party regulations point to new inter-Korean outlook
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser June 2, 2021
Protecting the Kim family cult from harm
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Protecting the Kim family cult from harm

North Korea's Youth League name change more routine than puzzling

Protecting the Kim family cult from harm
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser May 19, 2021
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