August 16, 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


North Korea recognizes breakaway republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in Ukraine

Expert says move seeks to improve ties with Russia, as Kyiv swiftly severs diplomatic ties with Pyongyang

Ethan JewellEthan Jewell | Ifang BremerJuly 14, 2022

North Korean jet takes trip to nowhere in first DPRK flight broadcast in a year

Aviation expert says Air Koryo plane’s loop over east coast could be test flight following significant repairs

Ethan JewellEthan JewellJuly 14, 2022

North Korea ramps up fuel trade in second quarter from pandemic lows: Imagery

Activity at coal terminals suggests sanctions violations, with oil imports from China likely increasing from last year

Ethan JewellEthan JewellJuly 12, 2022

Ex-marine who raided North Korean Embassy asks US court to stop his extradition

Christopher Ahn’s attorneys say government treating him as ‘sacrificial lamb’ for US foreign policy

Ethan JewellEthan JewellJuly 11, 2022

North Korea likely acquired ship that sailed from Busan to Nampho: Investigation

Expert says vessel’s new flag and owner suggest DPRK leveraged companies and foreign nationals to evade sanctions


North Korean hackers hold medical systems hostage in ransomware attacks, US says

Advisory states DPRK actors likely assume health sector willing to pay ransoms but does not reveal extent of damages

Ethan JewellEthan JewellJuly 7, 2022

US-ROK forces practice seizing ships in sign of tougher stance on North Korea

Expert says drills suggest efforts to stop sanctions evasion, but commandeering vessels is risky and potentially illegal

Ethan JewellEthan JewellJuly 6, 2022

North Korean company hawks likely sanctioned electrical equipment at trade fair

Firm joined joint China-DPRK event as it ended, exhibiting ‘high voltage distribution box’ used in industrial settings

Ethan JewellEthan JewellJuly 1, 2022

North Korea says its COVID outbreak spread from ‘alien things’ near DMZ

State media reports two people caught the virus in early April, the first time country has pinpointed origin of outbreak

Chaewon ChungChaewon Chung | Ethan JewellJuly 1, 2022
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