February 25, 2024


Ethan Jewell

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.


North Korean port sees high activity as fuel smugglers show their faces

Three vessels known for smuggling oil or coal among 26 ships at or near Nampho, despite low official trade figures

Ethan JewellEthan JewellAugust 24, 2022

North Korea imported more than a million masks as COVID cases declined in July

Chinese trade data shows DPRK paid high per unit price, while also receiving 10 million kg of rice ahead of fall harvest

Ethan JewellEthan JewellAugust 22, 2022

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

Ethan JewellEthan JewellAugust 18, 2022

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

Ethan JewellEthan JewellAugust 18, 2022

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

Ethan JewellEthan JewellAugust 17, 2022

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

Ethan JewellEthan JewellAugust 16, 2022

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

Ethan JewellEthan JewellAugust 15, 2022

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

Ethan JewellEthan JewellAugust 12, 2022

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

Ethan JewellEthan JewellAugust 11, 2022

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

Ethan JewellEthan JewellAugust 10, 2022
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