August 19, 2022

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ethan Jewell

Ethan Jewell is a Seoul-based correspondent for NK News focused on sanctions, trade and maritime issues. He previously worked as an investigations and intelligence specialist for Pinkerton Comprehensive Risk Management and as a research intern for the Brookings Institution’s Center for East Asia Policy Studies. Follow Ethan on Twitter @EthanJewell

News

North Korea’s trade with China jumps to highest level since April COVID outbreak

Uptick aligns with DPRK’s self-reported decline in cases, though total trade still far below pre-pandemic peak

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North Korean hackers expand spear-phishing campaign to target Mac computers

Modified malware enables DPRK to hit more victims and steal more cryptocurrency, experts say

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News

UN approves shipment of pediatric medical equipment to North Korea

Nonprofit receives sanctions waiver to send aid to a Pyongyang rehabilitation center, but unclear when it might arrive

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News

US, ROK, Japan wrap up missile tracking drills in response to DPRK threats

Expert says Seoul’s willingness to share intel with Tokyo a ‘breath of fresh air’ after years of mutual animosity

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Yoon floats new details of ‘audacious’ plan to revitalize North Korea’s economy

ROK president promises aid if DPRK disarms, but expert says Pyongyang won’t be interested without sanctions relief

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Analysis

China’s retaliation over Taiwan endangers cooperation on North Korea: Experts

Increasing hostility between Beijing and Washington could give Pyongyang more leeway to evade sanctions

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North Korea laundered $34M through popular cryptocurrency bridge: Report

Bridges connect two or more blockchains and can anonymize transactions, making them appealing to state-sponsored hackers

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US-ROK working group meets to discuss North Korean cyber threats for first time

Two allies have pledged greater cooperation to deter state-sponsored cyberattacks that fund DPRK weapons programs

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News

Chinese trader hawks North Korean food and spirits at new import exhibition

New initiative represents significant downscaling from pre-COVID ambitions for greater economic cooperation

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US sanctions crypto mixer for helping North Korea launder stolen funds

Tornado Cash has been a key enabler for some of DPRK’s largest cyber heists to date, Treasury Department says

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