November 30, 2023


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.


Technical disputes over North Korea sanctions violations return in UN report

Different interpretations of UN resolutions create space for countries to trade possibly banned goods with Pyongyang

Ethan JewellEthan JewellFebruary 23, 2022

Coal, ships and steel: New Hong Kong company flouts DPRK sanctions, report says

Firm’s murky origins and alleged dealings fit the bill of Pyongyang’s usual cast of overseas collaborators

Ethan JewellEthan JewellFebruary 22, 2022

Kim Jong Un attends groundbreaking ceremony for veggie greenhouse megaproject

Latest effort to solve food shortages in North Korea overlooks incentives for farmers, says expert

Ethan JewellEthan JewellFebruary 19, 2022

US appoints first cryptocurrency crime czar as North Korean cybertheft ramps up

Washington on the right track but it’s unlikely able to reclaim stolen crypto from DPRK-linked groups, experts say

Ethan JewellEthan JewellFebruary 18, 2022

North Korea deploys ‘sophisticated’ techniques to launder cryptocurrency: Report

DPRK-linked cyber criminals are taking advantage of novel fintech platforms to circumvent regulation, report says

Ethan JewellEthan JewellFebruary 17, 2022

US blacklists Chinese firm suspected of violating sanctions against North Korea

New export controls apply to Chinese manufacturer of specialized metallic powder used in ballistic missiles

Ethan JewellEthan JewellFebruary 16, 2022

North Korean spy ran hotels, casinos and travel agency in Cambodia: UN report

Expert says Cambodia has been a ‘gold mine’ for North Korean operatives looking to set up shop

Ethan JewellEthan JewellFebruary 15, 2022

Why the rise of AI and space radar is bad news for North Korean smugglers

Advances in artificial intelligence make it possible to detect illicit activity from space, even in the dead of night

Ethan JewellEthan JewellFebruary 15, 2022

Report alleges Taiwanese firm helped smuggle illicit oil into North Korea

UN experts say firm puppeteered phony shell companies to funnel oil and cash to and from Pyongyang

Ethan JewellEthan JewellFebruary 11, 2022

North Korean ship appears to manipulate location data to move illegal coal

Tae Dong Gang 9 jumped hundreds of miles in GPS system within hours, the latest sign DPRK continues to flout sanctions

Ethan JewellEthan JewellFebruary 10, 2022
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