September 23, 2023

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Yeji Chung

Yeji Chung is a news trainee at NK News and studies political science at George Washington University.

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A mystery in black and white: The curious case of North Korea’s missing pandas

A mystery in black and white: The curious case of North Korea’s missing pandas

China has gifted more pandas to the DPRK than any other country, but the animal ambassadors haven’t been seen for years

A mystery in black and white: The curious case of North Korea’s missing pandas
Yeji Chung
Yeji Chung August 11, 2023
Seoul demands North Korea stop arms sales after its rockets show up in Ukraine

Seoul demands North Korea stop arms sales after its rockets show up in Ukraine

Reported confirmation that DPRK weapons have appeared on battlefield comes after Russian defense chief visited Pyongyang

Seoul demands North Korea stop arms sales after its rockets show up in Ukraine
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer | Yeji Chung July 31, 2023
‘I held my husband and cried’: Wartime alerts fuel panic and confusion in Seoul

‘I held my husband and cried’: Wartime alerts fuel panic and confusion in Seoul

Air raid sirens and evacuation orders left many fearing North Korean attack, though others greeted alerts with shrug

‘I held my husband and cried’: Wartime alerts fuel panic and confusion in Seoul
‘Oppa Ganbu Style’: Why growth medications are popular among North Korean elites

‘Oppa Ganbu Style’: Why growth medications are popular among North Korean elites

Experts say height and appearance has become a symbol of status and power in DPRK

‘Oppa Ganbu Style’: Why growth medications are popular among North Korean elites
Jeongmin Kim
Jeongmin Kim | Yeji Chung May 26, 2023
North Korean weapons could be contributing to bloodshed in Sudan, experts say

North Korean weapons could be contributing to bloodshed in Sudan, experts say

East African nation has bought DPRK arms in past, and video of North Korean weapon has surfaced since conflict started

North Korean weapons could be contributing to bloodshed in Sudan, experts say
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer | Yeji Chung April 28, 2023
Cable TV channel says it was dropped over alleged pro-North Korea views

Cable TV channel says it was dropped over alleged pro-North Korea views

Tongil TV claims decision has put it at risk of collapse, while experts call move a loss for discourse about DPRK

Cable TV channel says it was dropped over alleged pro-North Korea views
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll | Yeji Chung February 2, 2023
ROK police arrest ex-underwear boss for alleged business deal with North Korea

ROK police arrest ex-underwear boss for alleged business deal with North Korea

Prosecutors say Kim Seong-tae orchestrated transfer of some $6.4 million to DPRK in exchange for exclusive mining rights

ROK police arrest ex-underwear boss for alleged business deal with North Korea
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer | Yeji Chung January 17, 2023
‘I like Messi’: What North Koreans think of soccer beyond their borders

‘I like Messi’: What North Koreans think of soccer beyond their borders

The country’s relative openness to sports allows DPRK fans to follow superstars and take inspiration from their feats

‘I like Messi’: What North Koreans think of soccer beyond their borders
Shreyas Reddy
Shreyas Reddy | Yeji Chung December 28, 2022
From frontline to online: An ex-North Korean soldier’s path to YouTube stardom

From frontline to online: An ex-North Korean soldier’s path to YouTube stardom

Jung Haneul made rare escape across DMZ after seeing ‘injustices’ in the DPRK, and now shares his story with the world

From frontline to online: An ex-North Korean soldier’s path to YouTube stardom
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer | Yeji Chung December 2, 2022
What BTS’ Jin can expect from front-line military service at North Korean border

What BTS’ Jin can expect from front-line military service at North Korean border

Former soldiers say serving on DPRK’s doorstep can be exhausting, but also recall things they enjoyed about army life

What BTS’ Jin can expect from front-line military service at North Korean border
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer | Yeji Chung November 18, 2022