February 21, 2024

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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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Why Kim Jong Un is shunning visits to his father and grandfather’s shrine
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Why Kim Jong Un is shunning visits to his father and grandfather’s shrine

North Korean leader did not pay respects at Kumsusan on Kim Il Sung’s birthday, amid signs he’s downplaying predecessors

Why Kim Jong Un is shunning visits to his father and grandfather’s shrine
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser April 19, 2023
North Korean website appears to block searches for Kim Jong Un’s daughter

North Korean website appears to block searches for Kim Jong Un’s daughter

DPRK Today also deleted posts about someone with name Ju Ae in sign leadership sees big role for young girl

North Korean website appears to block searches for Kim Jong Un’s daughter
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser April 14, 2023
North Korea continues crackdown on foreign music, outside information, and porn
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North Korea continues crackdown on foreign music, outside information, and porn

Fans of K-pop and other South Korean content continue to risk life imprisonment and hard labor, new law shows

North Korea continues crackdown on foreign music, outside information, and porn
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser April 6, 2023
North Korean meeting on food shortages reshuffles farming officials
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North Korean meeting on food shortages reshuffles farming officials

Agriculture and construction took center stage at latest plenum, which excluded top officials and military commanders

North Korean meeting on food shortages reshuffles farming officials
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser March 9, 2023
North Korea overhauls laws on drug use, private wealth and rape
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North Korea overhauls laws on drug use, private wealth and rape

Legal changes outline new crimes and punishment but promote leniency for even worst offenders who repent

North Korea overhauls laws on drug use, private wealth and rape
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser February 27, 2023
New military promotions appear to underscore North Korea’s focus on missiles
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New military promotions appear to underscore North Korea’s focus on missiles

Recently revealed ICBM units may have new commanders, while Politburo Presidium member a conspicuous no-show at parade

New military promotions appear to underscore North Korea’s focus on missiles
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser February 14, 2023
Vast new trove of North Korean laws shines light on developments in country
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Vast new trove of North Korean laws shines light on developments in country

Texts acquired by ROK spy agency underscore construction push and greatly expand knowledge of legal system

Vast new trove of North Korean laws shines light on developments in country
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser January 31, 2023
North Korea’s parliament introduces first new speaker in nearly 2 years
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North Korea’s parliament introduces first new speaker in nearly 2 years

Delayed appointment at recent Supreme People’s Assembly session may reflect crisis, while Kim Yo Jong notably absent

North Korea’s parliament introduces first new speaker in nearly 2 years
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser January 25, 2023
North Korea’s silent leadership reshuffle supports push to solve ‘food problem’
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North Korea’s silent leadership reshuffle supports push to solve ‘food problem’

Recent plenum promoted cadres with experience in agriculture and industry as DPRK prioritizes living standards in 2023

North Korea’s silent leadership reshuffle supports push to solve ‘food problem’
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser January 13, 2023
Kim Jong Un ousts North Korea’s No. 2 military leader in major personnel shakeup
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Kim Jong Un ousts North Korea’s No. 2 military leader in major personnel shakeup

Pak Jong Chon’s removal from top positions hints at dissatisfaction with military units, as over 50 officials reshuffled

Kim Jong Un ousts North Korea’s No. 2 military leader in major personnel shakeup
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser January 2, 2023
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