April 13, 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.


US seizes $2.3 million from two companies in latest DPRK sanctions ruling

Federal court says Yuanye Wood and an unnamed Singaporean firm funneled cash to DPRK-controlled entities

Ethan JewellEthan JewellApril 20, 2022

US says it will ‘hunt down’ cybercriminals after $620m DPRK crypto heist

Deputy national security advisor says illicit use of cryptocurrency helps fund North Korean weapons programs

Ethan JewellEthan Jewell | Jeongmin KimApril 20, 2022

North Korea-China trade climbs to highest level since early 2020: Customs data

Chinese exports to DPRK surge 57% in first quarter of 2022 despite COVID-19 lockdowns near border region

Ethan JewellEthan JewellApril 18, 2022

North Korean hackers stole $620 million from Pokemon-like blockchain game: FBI

Analysis by US authorities points to massive theft of ethereum that likely funds Pyongyang’s weapons programs

Ethan JewellEthan JewellApril 15, 2022

North Korean hackers could boost country’s space program: US defense department

New US report finds DPRK cyberattacks on aerospace industries could strengthen weapons and space development

Ethan JewellEthan JewellApril 13, 2022

Virgil Griffith, US crypto guru who aided North Korea, sentenced to 5 years

Judge chides Griffith as a wannabe ‘crypto hero’ whose actions seriously undercut US sanctions against North Korea

Ethan JewellEthan JewellApril 13, 2022

Jets heard over Pyongyang in possible practice for night-time parade: Sources

Midnight flyover comes just days before likely large-scale military parade to celebrate Kim Il Sung’s 110th birthday

Chad O'CarrollChad O'Carroll | Ethan JewellApril 12, 2022

Ship enters key North Korean port after unusually short quarantine period

Likely DPRK vessel spent just a week outside Nampho, suggesting policy change or special shipment ahead of holiday

Ethan JewellEthan JewellApril 11, 2022

Life after death: How North Korea’s ghost ships frustrate sanctions enforcement

Tracking what ships are scrapped or still afloat isn’t easy, a situation Pyongyang knows how to exploit

Ethan JewellEthan JewellApril 7, 2022

Moscow’s new visa decree makes future North Korea travel even more difficult

While aimed at journalists and officials, new order also gives Russia a freer hand to deny entry to ‘unfriendly’ foreign

Ethan JewellEthan JewellApril 6, 2022
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