December 05, 2022


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


Two years on: Humanitarian consequences of North Korea’s border lockdown

With the return of aid workers to the DPRK nowhere in sight, conditions for the most vulnerable are likely worsening

Chad O'CarrollChad O'Carroll | Ethan JewellJanuary 21, 2022

Surge of iron alloy drives North Korea’s spike in exports to China in December

Chinese customs data also shows increased DPRK imports of a variety of consumer goods, including dairy and honey

Ethan JewellEthan JewellJanuary 21, 2022

‘Absolutely crazy’: Chaos at Chinese ports, Omicron threaten DPRK trade restart

Handful of cases can shutter entire port cities as Beijing pursues elusive zero-COVID approach

Ethan JewellEthan JewellJanuary 20, 2022

North Korea-China trade crashes to lowest level in decades in 2021: Data

Latest figures for December bring yearly total to just $320 million, as COVID-19 restrictions depress trade

Ethan JewellEthan JewellJanuary 18, 2022

The new normal? Experts see little hope for full restart of North Korean trade

Even after resumption of overland trade, erratic policy-making and new virus strains could reverse progress in 2022

Chad O'CarrollChad O'Carroll | Ethan JewellJanuary 17, 2022

US court awards family of Otto Warmbier $240K seized from North Korean bank

Ruling follows 2018 district court decision to award Warmbier family half a billion dollars in wrongful death suit

Ethan JewellEthan JewellJanuary 17, 2022

North Korea stole $400 million worth of cryptocurrency in 2021: Report

DPRK hackers increasingly target ethereum over bitcoin, while bouncing funds between wallets to throw off authorities

Ethan JewellEthan JewellJanuary 14, 2022

5 years in the dark: North Korean ship reappears at key Chinese coal terminal

Suspicious visit highlights China’s willingness to overlook sanctions violations, expert says

Ethan JewellEthan JewellJanuary 14, 2022

UNSC meeting on North Korea missile launch falls flat, just ahead of new test

UN Security Council fails to condemn last week’s launch of ‘hypersonic’ weapon due to opposition from Russia and China

Ethan JewellEthan JewellJanuary 11, 2022

New Chinese data law creates more headaches for ship trackers in 2022

The law creates a ‘get-out-of-jail-free’ card for smugglers that hide AIS data, one expert said

Ethan JewellEthan JewellJanuary 9, 2022
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