September 19, 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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Aid workers, activists urge US to lift DPRK travel ban ahead of renewal deadline

Aid workers, activists urge US to lift DPRK travel ban ahead of renewal deadline

Some question the practicality of lifting the ban amid the pandemic and warn of risks traveling to North Korea

Aid workers, activists urge US to lift DPRK travel ban ahead of renewal deadline
Won-Gi Jung
Won-Gi Jung August 27, 2021
Top US official says Washington seeking bilateral talks with Pyongyang

Top US official says Washington seeking bilateral talks with Pyongyang

Sung Kim emphasizes engagement without preconditions amid ongoing US-ROK military exercises

Top US official says Washington seeking bilateral talks with Pyongyang
Won-Gi Jung
Won-Gi Jung August 24, 2021
Tires, medicine lead North Korea’s paltry imports from China in July
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Tires, medicine lead North Korea’s paltry imports from China in July

Chinese customs data list medicine exports for the first time since last September

Tires, medicine lead North Korea’s paltry imports from China in July
Won-Gi Jung
Won-Gi Jung August 23, 2021
South Korea detaining North Korea-linked ship suspected of sanctions violations

South Korea detaining North Korea-linked ship suspected of sanctions violations

Exclusive NK News photos show impounded Mongolia-flagged ship held in waters off South Korea's coast

South Korea detaining North Korea-linked ship suspected of sanctions violations
North Korean diplomats lash out at US in interviews with foreign media

North Korean diplomats lash out at US in interviews with foreign media

Experts say DPRK seeks to legitimize its position abroad, as ambassadors to China, Russia, Syria criticize US-ROK drills

North Korean diplomats lash out at US in interviews with foreign media
Won-Gi Jung
Won-Gi Jung August 17, 2021
South Korean president once more pitches COVID-19 cooperation to Pyongyang

South Korean president once more pitches COVID-19 cooperation to Pyongyang

In his speech on Korean independence, Moon calls Korean division ‘the greatest obstacle’ to prosperity

South Korean president once more pitches COVID-19 cooperation to Pyongyang
Won-Gi Jung
Won-Gi Jung August 14, 2021
Sanctioned North Korean oil tanker reappears after more than yearlong absence
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Sanctioned North Korean oil tanker reappears after more than yearlong absence

Appearance of the ship near Nampho suggests sanctioned ship-to-ship oil transfers, experts say

Sanctioned North Korean oil tanker reappears after more than yearlong absence
Won-Gi Jung
Won-Gi Jung August 11, 2021
Chinese court sentences DPRK consultant Michael Spavor to 11 years in prison

Chinese court sentences DPRK consultant Michael Spavor to 11 years in prison

Ottawa condemned the ruling against the Canadian citizen for its lack of 'fairness and transparency'

Chinese court sentences DPRK consultant Michael Spavor to 11 years in prison
Won-Gi Jung
Won-Gi Jung August 11, 2021
North Korea refuses to answer inter-Korean hotline calls for second straight day

North Korea refuses to answer inter-Korean hotline calls for second straight day

Seoul's unification, defense ministries confirm lack of response as top DPRK officials rail against joint US-ROK drills

North Korea refuses to answer inter-Korean hotline calls for second straight day
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Chaewon Chung | Won-Gi Jung August 10, 2021
North Korean weightlifters’ Olympic absence provided opening for other athletes

North Korean weightlifters’ Olympic absence provided opening for other athletes

North Korea was a perennial medalist in international weightlifting. Then COVID-19 happened.

North Korean weightlifters’ Olympic absence provided opening for other athletes
Won-Gi Jung
Won-Gi Jung August 6, 2021
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