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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North Korea planning to operate border disinfection complex within weeks: NIS

North Korea planning to operate border disinfection complex within weeks: NIS

South Korea’s intelligence agency also says DPRK has minimized summer military drills due to extreme heat

North Korea planning to operate border disinfection complex within weeks: NIS
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Jeongmin Kim | Won-Gi Jung August 3, 2021
South Korea’s ruling party divided on whether to favor drills or diplomacy

South Korea’s ruling party divided on whether to favor drills or diplomacy

Upcoming U.S.-ROK exercises necessary for OPCON transfer, but risk upsetting diplomacy with North Korea

South Korea’s ruling party divided on whether to favor drills or diplomacy
Won-Gi Jung
Won-Gi Jung August 2, 2021
North Korean trade hits 30-year low amid sanctions, COVID-19 pandemic: report

North Korean trade hits 30-year low amid sanctions, COVID-19 pandemic: report

China still biggest trade partner in 2020 despite huge drop in volume

North Korean trade hits 30-year low amid sanctions, COVID-19 pandemic: report
Won-Gi Jung
Won-Gi Jung August 2, 2021
Restored East Sea hotline another buoy to inter-Korean talks

Restored East Sea hotline another buoy to inter-Korean talks

Officials say two sides have spoken over four channels as unification ministry makes plans for videoconference

Restored East Sea hotline another buoy to inter-Korean talks
Won-Gi Jung
Won-Gi Jung July 29, 2021
Australian sentenced to 3.5 years for brokering arms sales with North Korea

Australian sentenced to 3.5 years for brokering arms sales with North Korea

Court finds Choi Chan Han guilty of attempting to sell missiles, military equipment, among other sanctioned items

Australian sentenced to 3.5 years for brokering arms sales with North Korea
Won-Gi Jung
Won-Gi Jung July 29, 2021
Game of phones? Experts assess the first inter-Korean call in over a year

Game of phones? Experts assess the first inter-Korean call in over a year

Seoul may be preparing new push for lasting inter-Korean reconciliation, but some experts say progress hinges on U.S.

Game of phones? Experts assess the first inter-Korean call in over a year
Won-Gi Jung
Won-Gi Jung July 27, 2021
Seoul announces hotline communications breakthrough with Pyongyang

Seoul announces hotline communications breakthrough with Pyongyang

Phone line apparently restored after North Korea said it severed all inter-Korean communication lines last year

Seoul announces hotline communications breakthrough with Pyongyang
Jeongmin Kim
Jeongmin Kim | Won-Gi Jung July 26, 2021
Blistering summer heat wave is killing North Korean crops: state media

Blistering summer heat wave is killing North Korean crops: state media

Official newspaper reports second-lowest rainfall total ever as drought threatens to aggravate ongoing ‘food crisis’

Blistering summer heat wave is killing North Korean crops: state media
Won-Gi Jung
Won-Gi Jung July 26, 2021
DPRK-flagged carrier tied to coal exports visits China’s Longkou port in July
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DPRK-flagged carrier tied to coal exports visits China’s Longkou port in July

Bulk carrier and three North Korea-flagged cargo ships sailed to port this month, though purpose of visits unclear

DPRK-flagged carrier tied to coal exports visits China’s Longkou port in July
Won-Gi Jung
Won-Gi Jung July 22, 2021
Tobacco leads North Korean imports from China in June amid anemic trade
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Tobacco leads North Korean imports from China in June amid anemic trade

The commodity surpassed goods like rubber, chemicals and oil as the DPRK limits trade due to COVID-19

Tobacco leads North Korean imports from China in June amid anemic trade
Won-Gi Jung
Won-Gi Jung July 21, 2021
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