December 04, 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


US seizes $2.4 million from four Pyongyang-linked front companies

The companies, which the U.S. does not name, have extensive ties to well-known sanctions busters, court records show

Ethan JewellEthan JewellJanuary 7, 2022

North Korea’s fuel trade on pace to recover in 2022: Imagery

Over 1,300 satellite images show how Pyongyang’s fuel trade appeared to ramp up as 2021 came to a close

Ethan JewellEthan JewellJanuary 7, 2022

4 flights, 63 defectors and 670K barrels of oil: North Korea’s 2021 in numbers

Data tells the story of a year in which DPRK retreated even further inward as the COVID-19 pandemic raged on

Ethan JewellEthan JewellJanuary 5, 2022

North Korea hackers weaponize holiday cheer in latest cyberattack against Russia

Spear-phishing attack disguised as New Year’s greeting targeted diplomats, using modified version of Konni malware

Ethan JewellEthan JewellJanuary 4, 2022

Humanitarian aid for North Korea dwindles to lowest level on record: Data

Donors have committed just $15.4 million in 2021 as DPRK’s COVID isolation impedes efforts to help the most vulnerable

Ethan JewellEthan JewellDecember 31, 2021

US passes $770 billion defense bill, slightly boosting funds for US Forces Korea

New legislation also calls for US Cyber Command to develop North Korea-specific cyber strategies

Ethan JewellEthan JewellDecember 28, 2021

North Korea’s main shipyard christens first known cargo ship in nearly 5 years

The Jang Su San is only the third known vessel to originate from Ryongnam Shipyard

Ethan JewellEthan JewellDecember 24, 2021

Doctors say new antiviral pills could transform North Korea’s COVID response

DPRK could cheaply buy or even manufacture the promising medications, but distribution may still pose problems

Ethan JewellEthan JewellDecember 22, 2021

Alloy used in silicon production dominates North Korean exports in November

Expert cautions that low trade volumes can distort data, as DPRK continues to import inputs for light industry

Ethan JewellEthan JewellDecember 20, 2021

Despite uptick in exports, North Korea’s trade with China sags in November: Data

Expert says DPRK appears to lack financing for imports, with low trade meaning even one shipment could impact numbers

Ethan JewellEthan JewellDecember 20, 2021
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