January 21, 2021

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Won-Gi Jung

Won-Gi Jung is a reporter based in Seoul. He previously worked for the CSIS Korea Chair and East Asia Institute. Follow him on Twitter: @jungwongida.

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Kim Jong Un eyes South Korea and other countries on third day of Party Congress

State media says that North Korea will “expand and develop” foreign relations in the future

Jeongmin Kim | Won-Gi Jung January 7, 2021

Defector unemployment rates doubled in 2020. Now, a new bill is trying to help.

North Korean defector-politician Ji Seong-ho wants to refine a law rewarding firms for hiring more than five defectors

Won-Gi Jung January 5, 2021

South Korea expects ‘positive’ message from North any day now

In a New Year’s speech, unification minister Lee In-young says he’s expecting an olive branch from Pyongyang

Won-Gi Jung January 4, 2021

Experts doubt that North Korea’s grueling 80-day work marathon did much good

State media called the long hours a “shining victory,” but experts think it only kept Kim Jong Un’s head above water

Won-Gi Jung December 31, 2020

Photos: North Korea congratulates itself for surviving 2020 in new picture book

The book celebrates Kim Jong Un’s accomplishments, but its contents imply that some goals were swept under the rug

Won-Gi Jung December 31, 2020

After 80 days of state-ordered labor, North Koreans may finally get a rest today

The country’s “80-day battle” mass labor marathon is expected to end on Dec. 30

Won-Gi Jung December 30, 2020

North Korea warns public about new COVID-19 strain ahead of huge political event

With the Eighth Party Congress slated for January, state media urged citizens to be on “maximum alert” over the virus

Won-Gi Jung December 29, 2020

North Korea’s Party Congress, explained: Why all eyes are on Kim this January

The Eighth Party Congress is expected to make a major reveal in terms of DPRK politics, the economy and more

Won-Gi Jung December 28, 2020

US-ROK military exercises must not provoke North Korea: unification minister

Lee In-young says he hopes the Biden administration will respect Seoul's call for smaller-scale joint military exercises

Won-Gi Jung December 25, 2020

Fearing frozen foods, North Korea leverages shaky science to warn of COVID-19

State media’s questionable list of coronavirus-spreading things is growing, from birds to snowflakes to frozen treats

Won-Gi Jung December 22, 2020