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

North Koreans suffer amid ‘creeping apathy’ from the world, UN watchdog warns

Report says sanctions, oppressive border lockdowns push North Koreans to choose between hunger and COVID-19

Ethan JewellEthan JewellOctober 12, 2021
News

North Korean provinces see ‘dramatic’ decline in crop health: report

US think tank says DPRK may reap a smaller harvest amid lingering flood damage and self-described ‘food crisis’

Ethan JewellEthan JewellOctober 6, 2021
Analysis

North Korea’s official oil imports tick up but remain far below its needs

Sanctions and the pandemic have battered imports of refined petroleum, but smuggling may cover part of the gap

Ethan JewellEthan JewellOctober 6, 2021
Analysis

How Cuban cigars bankroll North Korean overseas missions

Slinging stogies has long been a reliable side hustle for DPRK envoys, who regularly abuse their diplomatic privileges

Ethan JewellEthan JewellOctober 4, 2021
Analysis

North Korea-China trade may be on the up and up, says South Korean association

Trade group says some DPRK factories are seeing pre-pandemic demand levels, though COVID still a limiting factor

Ethan JewellEthan JewellOctober 1, 2021
News

UK warship spots potential violations of North Korea sanctions in East China Sea

Pyongyang’s extensive procurement networks and maritime legal obstacles hinder sanctions enforcement, expert says

Ethan JewellEthan JewellSeptember 27, 2021
News

North Korea’s improved cyber capabilities threaten financial institutions: FBI

FBI chief describes 'growing' cyber espionage threat and challenge of investigating cyberattacks to Senate committee

Ethan JewellEthan JewellSeptember 23, 2021
News

Sanctioned tankers, cargo ships spotted at North Korean port of Nampho

Their appearance suggests DPRK’s oil trade is ramping up, including by illicit means, amid low official imports

Ethan JewellEthan JewellSeptember 23, 2021
Analysis

North Korean company may have acquired superalloy used in nukes, missiles: PoE

Lack of manufacturing capacity and dated machine tech mean North Korea must import certain kinds of steel, expert says

Ethan JewellEthan JewellSeptember 21, 2021
News

North Korea-China trade jumps 37% in August, but still far from pre-COVID levels

Iron alloy tops North Korea's exports to China for first time this year, but unclear whether it falls under sanctions

Ethan JewellEthan JewellSeptember 20, 2021