January 18, 2022

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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

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European Council renews human rights sanctions against North Korean officials

Sanctions target key members of Kim Jong Un’s regime, but experts and human rights advocates say more could be done

Ethan JewellEthan JewellDecember 8, 2021
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Analysis

How North Korea’s use-it-or-lose-it power grid impacts energy trade

The DPRK’s rickety power network means exporting electricity sometimes makes more sense than using it

Ethan JewellEthan JewellDecember 7, 2021
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Chinese city announces winning bids for upgrades to China-DPRK border station

Dandong contracts tech firms to install electrical systems in sign of continuing preparations to resume overland trade

Ethan JewellEthan JewellNovember 30, 2021
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North Korean group deploys sophisticated malware suite against DPRK watchers

With laser-like focus, DPRK-backed ScarCruft orchestrated attack one expert described as ‘devastating’ to privacy

Ethan JewellEthan JewellNovember 29, 2021
NK PRO
Analysis

North Korea reels in cash from fishing permits this year, despite UN ban

Ship-tracking data shows scores of Chinese vessels entered DPRK’s economic zone as fishers seek out cleaner waters

Ethan JewellEthan JewellNovember 26, 2021
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Canada spots 24 suspected ship-to-ship transfers in DPRK sanctions operations

Frigate and aircraft deployed in October detect over 100 suspicious vessels as part of multinational campaign

Ethan JewellEthan JewellNovember 25, 2021
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North Korea imports more soap from China, dials up electricity exports

Expert says soap and surfactants may be for sterilizing imports, as rumors swirl of a restart to overland trade

Ethan JewellEthan JewellNovember 22, 2021
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North Korea far and away the world’s most corrupt country: Report

Efforts to snuff out corruption fail to make a dent, though expert says practices help people survive amid challenges

Ethan JewellEthan JewellNovember 19, 2021
NK PRO
News

In new cyber campaign, North Korean hackers likely sow seeds of future attacks

Report finds TA406 group sent malware to foreign policy experts, academics and journalists that focus on North Korea

Ethan JewellEthan JewellNovember 19, 2021
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After months of promising gains, North Korea-China trade stumbles in October

Sharp dip in trade hits North Korean economy already wracked by shortages, high commodity prices and food insecurity

Ethan JewellEthan JewellNovember 18, 2021