March 02, 2024

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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.

News

US to seize nearly $1 million from North Korea-backed criminal duo

US district court says married couple laundered millions through phony corporate network on behalf of Pyongyang

Ethan JewellEthan JewellNovember 3, 2021
News

Construction near DPRK-China border bridge latest sign land trade may resume

Documents show work on customs facility continues as DPRK and China reportedly mull renewed freight operations

Ethan JewellEthan JewellNovember 2, 2021
Analysis

As US-China rivalry heats up, experts see chance for cooperation on DPRK

Two powers have shared interest in denuclearization, scholars say, but how Koreas will navigate rivalry remains unclear

Ethan JewellEthan JewellOctober 29, 2021
News

Vessels involved in likely ‘coal-for-food’ arrangement reappear in Longkou

The reappearance of several vessels not seen for months or years coincides with an uptick in China-DPRK trade

Ethan JewellEthan JewellOctober 28, 2021
News

Singapore sugar trader admits to forging documents to hide North Korea ties

Court fines man $156,000 for falsifying invoices after legally sending sugar, other goods to DPRK-linked entities

Ethan JewellEthan JewellOctober 21, 2021
Analysis

Cigarettes over medicine? Tobacco imports to North Korea lead trade with China

Imports of tobacco products far outstrip medicine, even as DPRK's population remains unvaccinated

Ethan JewellEthan JewellOctober 20, 2021
News

North Korean exports to China more than double to near pre-pandemic levels

September spike could signal DPRK’s willingness to expand trade for first time since the pandemic began, expert says

Ethan JewellEthan JewellOctober 18, 2021
Analysis

As China burns through coal, North Korea steps in to fill the gap

Influx of illicit North Korean coal fuels concerns that shipments will continue even after Chinese energy crisis ends

Ethan JewellEthan JewellOctober 15, 2021
News

France, Canada deploy aircraft to bolster North Korea sanctions enforcement

Dispatch of surveillance assets to US bases in Japan may reflect unease over DPRK’s increasing coal exports

Ethan JewellEthan JewellOctober 15, 2021
Analysis

After years in hiding, a North Korean ship shows its true colors

Records reveal Ji Da 1 cargo vessel likely sailed under the radar for years on behalf of Pyongyang

Ethan JewellEthan JewellOctober 13, 2021