February 29, 2024

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 expels inter-Korean policy head from politburo in sign of infighting
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North Korea expels inter-Korean policy head from politburo in sign of infighting

Ri Son Gwon’s demotion points to disagreements over policy toward Seoul, while purged officials return to top positions

North Korea expels inter-Korean policy head from politburo in sign of infighting
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser October 6, 2023
North Korea goes viral: How Seoul’s unification minister spread rumor as fact
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North Korea goes viral: How Seoul’s unification minister spread rumor as fact

Analysis of over 5,400 YouTube videos sheds light on direction of inter-Korean policy under Kim Yung-ho

North Korea goes viral: How Seoul’s unification minister spread rumor as fact
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser October 5, 2023
What North Korea’s state media reveals about Kim Jong Un’s inner circle
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What North Korea’s state media reveals about Kim Jong Un’s inner circle

Top military man Pak Jong Chon and premier Kim Tok Hun both appeared out until suddenly showing up alongside the leader

What North Korea’s state media reveals about Kim Jong Un’s inner circle
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser September 11, 2023
North Korea’s silence on elections could point to changes in how citizens vote
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North Korea’s silence on elections could point to changes in how citizens vote

Recent plenum referenced election reform, which could ditch single-candidate polls without sacrificing state control

North Korea’s silence on elections could point to changes in how citizens vote
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser July 25, 2023
Why North Korea is one of the only nations to use force to defend its EEZ claims
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Why North Korea is one of the only nations to use force to defend its EEZ claims

DPRK has long imposed extreme restrictions over its exclusive economic zone, leading to violent encounters in past

Why North Korea is one of the only nations to use force to defend its EEZ claims
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser July 19, 2023
Kim Jong Un promotes democracy in North Korea — on his terms
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Kim Jong Un promotes democracy in North Korea — on his terms

Leader’s silence at plenum appears tied to effort to limit his own role, a move that may paradoxically empower him

Kim Jong Un promotes democracy in North Korea — on his terms
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser July 11, 2023
How the world may have missed out on seeing North Korea’s prison camps in person
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How the world may have missed out on seeing North Korea’s prison camps in person

DPRK twice looked set to invite Amnesty International, but distrust thwarted chance to learn more about rights abuses

How the world may have missed out on seeing North Korea’s prison camps in person
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser July 7, 2023
Hardliner returns at North Korean plenum, hinting at inter-Korean policy changes
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Hardliner returns at North Korean plenum, hinting at inter-Korean policy changes

Key leadership event sees relatively few promotions and demotions, despite Kim Yong Chol’s appointment to adviser role

Hardliner returns at North Korean plenum, hinting at inter-Korean policy changes
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser June 20, 2023
Secrecy surrounding North Korea’s upcoming plenum points to big changes afoot
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Secrecy surrounding North Korea’s upcoming plenum points to big changes afoot

State media did not disclose Politburo meeting to discuss plans for plenum, a sign of major leadership changes in past

Secrecy surrounding North Korea’s upcoming plenum points to big changes afoot
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser May 30, 2023
How North Korea wielded the law against violators of pandemic controls
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How North Korea wielded the law against violators of pandemic controls

Legislative changes show how regime ramped up punishments as it struggled to bring citizens into compliance with rules

How North Korea wielded the law against violators of pandemic controls
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser May 12, 2023
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