October 01, 2022

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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North Korea’s ICBM cover-up isn’t first time country has tried to hide failures
NK PRO

North Korea’s ICBM cover-up isn’t first time country has tried to hide failures

Attempt to market failed long-range missile test as success follows similar efforts for smaller missile in 2016

North Korea’s ICBM cover-up isn’t first time country has tried to hide failures
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser April 4, 2022
North Korea’s merry-go-round of officials leads to false alarms about purges
NK PRO

North Korea’s merry-go-round of officials leads to false alarms about purges

Disappearance of top officials led to speculation about executions, only for those officials to return in new roles

North Korea’s merry-go-round of officials leads to false alarms about purges
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser March 21, 2022
How North Korea’s new patent laws could drive economic growth
NK PRO

How North Korea’s new patent laws could drive economic growth

First intellectual property rights overhaul in 8 years likely seeks to spur innovation and attract foreign talent

How North Korea’s new patent laws could drive economic growth
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser March 4, 2022
Seemingly boring budget meeting offers clues about developments in North Korea
NK PRO

Seemingly boring budget meeting offers clues about developments in North Korea

Market fees could become important revenue source amid trade restart, while empty chair hints at leadership changes

Seemingly boring budget meeting offers clues about developments in North Korea
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser February 16, 2022
Timeline: How North Korean propaganda dialed back focus on Kim Jong Un in 2021
NK PRO

Timeline: How North Korean propaganda dialed back focus on Kim Jong Un in 2021

More erratic messaging appears to reflect upheavals in propaganda leadership, as notable changes decline in second half

Timeline: How North Korean propaganda dialed back focus on Kim Jong Un in 2021
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser January 19, 2022
Promotions at party meeting reinforce North Korea’s focus on economic challenges
NK PRO

Promotions at party meeting reinforce North Korea’s focus on economic challenges

State media reported 45 promotions that broadly align with the country’s policy directions, albeit with some exceptions

Promotions at party meeting reinforce North Korea’s focus on economic challenges
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser January 3, 2022
North Korea creates new foodstuff ministry as it hastens to address food crisis
NK PRO

North Korea creates new foodstuff ministry as it hastens to address food crisis

Evidence suggests DPRK may have reorganized ministries last year to deal with consequences of COVID border restrictions

North Korea creates new foodstuff ministry as it hastens to address food crisis
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser December 27, 2021
Kim Yo Jong almost certainly wasn’t promoted, but she may be soon
NK PRO

Kim Yo Jong almost certainly wasn’t promoted, but she may be soon

While likely due to family ties, her position at key event last week also hinted at her current and future roles

Kim Yo Jong almost certainly wasn’t promoted, but she may be soon
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser December 20, 2021
North Korean insurance data points to small business growth despite pandemic
NK PRO

North Korean insurance data points to small business growth despite pandemic

Data from five insurers suggests they’re weathering the downturn and that the economy has declined less than thought

North Korean insurance data points to small business growth despite pandemic
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser December 16, 2021
Why North Korea’s politburo held a secret meeting in recent months
NK PRO

Why North Korea’s politburo held a secret meeting in recent months

Change in rank of a key department director hints at reasons and timing of first unpublicized gathering since last year

Why North Korea’s politburo held a secret meeting in recent months
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser December 9, 2021