March 04, 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 tests 13,259 people for COVID-19, still claims zero confirmed cases

WHO adds that “travel restrictions have been imposed” in the country, but it is unclear when these were introduced

Won-Gi Jung January 11, 2021

Kim Jong Un named general secretary — a title reserved for his late father

Kim Jong Un promoted to a higher Workers' Party of Korea rank that was otherwise posthumously reserved for Kim Jong Il

Won-Gi Jung January 10, 2021

North Korea to hold a Party Congress every five years

On day five of the latest Party Congress, North Korea revamped party rules and boasted about increased cash reserves

Colin Zwirko | Won-Gi Jung January 9, 2021

North Korea’s promised military upgrades are a tall order — and an empty threat

North Korea vowed to up long-range nuclear strike capabilities, but experts say that’s a two-sided message

Won-Gi Jung January 9, 2021

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