September 26, 2022

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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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Seoul’s censorship of North Korean media violates South Koreans’ right to know

Seoul’s censorship of North Korean media violates South Koreans’ right to know

International law guarantees the right to receive information, though few in ROK government will defend this principle

Seoul’s censorship of North Korean media violates South Koreans’ right to know
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser September 19, 2022
North Korea updates foreign trade law in apparent attempt to control money flows
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North Korea updates foreign trade law in apparent attempt to control money flows

Introduction of new rules for second time during pandemic suggests lockdown led to more restrictive business environment

North Korea updates foreign trade law in apparent attempt to control money flows
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser August 31, 2022
North Korea’s premier now ranks as top official. Is he Kim Jong Un’s successor?
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North Korea’s premier now ranks as top official. Is he Kim Jong Un’s successor?

Kim Tok Hun has seen his rank rise despite no official change in position, a mystery with several plausible explanations

North Korea’s premier now ranks as top official. Is he Kim Jong Un’s successor?
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser August 1, 2022
Another reason North Korean statistics are hard to trust — human error
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Another reason North Korean statistics are hard to trust — human error

State media broadcasts number of recovered ‘fever’ patients but incorrectly includes the number of new cases

Another reason North Korean statistics are hard to trust — human error
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser July 15, 2022
North Korea’s sweeping leadership reshuffle could signal policy changes to come
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North Korea’s sweeping leadership reshuffle could signal policy changes to come

30 officials receive new posts in what may be effort to crack down on corruption, control military and more

North Korea’s sweeping leadership reshuffle could signal policy changes to come
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser June 16, 2022
How right-wing terrorists nearly killed North Korea’s future leaders

How right-wing terrorists nearly killed North Korea’s future leaders

Alternative take on historical evidence suggests dispute in rival party drove attempt on Kim Il Sung and comrades' lives

How right-wing terrorists nearly killed North Korea’s future leaders
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser June 1, 2022
What a recent funeral in North Korea says about leadership in Pyongyang
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What a recent funeral in North Korea says about leadership in Pyongyang

Defense minister and army politburo chief conspicuous no-shows at state funeral as DPRK battles ongoing COVID outbreak

What a recent funeral in North Korea says about leadership in Pyongyang
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser May 23, 2022
Four major trends revealed by North Korea’s COVID-19 case numbers
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Four major trends revealed by North Korea’s COVID-19 case numbers

Data suggests virus may have entered from China, spreading from border regions via trade networks and other movements

Four major trends revealed by North Korea’s COVID-19 case numbers
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser May 19, 2022
Ri Pyong Chol, demoted last year for ‘grave incident,’ returns to power
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Ri Pyong Chol, demoted last year for ‘grave incident,’ returns to power

Top official’s restoration gives Kim Jong Un two right-hand military men again, pointing to more weapons tests in future

Ri Pyong Chol, demoted last year for ‘grave incident,’ returns to power
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser April 29, 2022
North Korean holiday events offer latest view of top echelons of power
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North Korean holiday events offer latest view of top echelons of power

Kim Jong Un’s inner circle appears mostly consistent this year, but big questions surround fate of top military official

North Korean holiday events offer latest view of top echelons of power
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser April 22, 2022
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