May 25, 2024

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jacco Zwetsloot

Jacco Zwetsloot

Jacco Zwetsloot has been the host of the NK News Podcast since episode 1 in February 2018. He has interviewed a wide range of guests about their knowledge of and experience in North Korea, from celebrity defectors to high-ranking U.S. government officials. His goal is to help as wide a cross-section of North Korea-related stories as possible be told, in order to build up a fuller picture. Jacco has a Master of Arts from Leiden University, for which he wrote a thesis on North Korean graphic novels.

North Korea News Podcast

Why North Korea barely moves the needle for South Korean voters – Ep. 293

Karl Friedhoff talks ROK polls, plus a new NK Pro analysis reveals China expanding prisons that hold defectors

Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK NewsJune 14, 2023
North Korea News Podcast

What went wrong with North Korea’s spy satellite launch – Ep. 292

The NK News team talks shuttle diplomacy with Japan, live-fire drills near DMZ, methamphetamines at the border and more

Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK NewsJune 8, 2023
North Korea News Podcast

How a US ambassador navigated North Korean tumult – Ep. 290

Kathleen Stephens discusses the DPRK’s 2010 attacks on South Korea, the breakdown of six-party talks and more

Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK NewsMay 23, 2023
North Korea News Podcast

Helping North Koreans by promoting reform from within – Ep. 289

Joanna Hosaniak discusses the origins and politicization of the DPRK human rights movement and where it should go next

Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK NewsMay 16, 2023
North Korea News Podcast

The bumpy road ahead for inter-Korean relations – Ep. 288

Andrei Lankov discusses how North Korea’s rapid weapons advances have brought it closer to goal of unifying peninsula

Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK NewsMay 9, 2023
North Korea News Podcast

North Korea’s strategy for coping with the consequences of nukes – Ep. 287

Foreign ministry official Taeho Uhm explains Seoul’s inter-Korean policies and why DPRK will have to return to talks

Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK NewsMay 2, 2023
North Korea News Podcast

What the US-ROK summit means for North Korea – Ep. 286

The NK News team discusses the top-line takeaways on nuclear security, deterrence, missile defense and more

Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK NewsApril 28, 2023
North Korea News Podcast

The ‘nuclear warrior’ making the case for ending the Korean War – Ep. 285

Dan Leaf explains why a peace treaty with North Korea is the best option to reduce the risk of nuclear conflict

Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK NewsApril 25, 2023
North Korea News Podcast

How learning English empowers North Korean refugees – Ep. 284

Eunju Kim and Eunkoo Lee discuss defectors’ difficult journeys to freedom and how they overcome prejudice in the ROK

Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK NewsApril 18, 2023
North Korea News Podcast

Will North Korean missiles rain down on the Day of the Sun? – Ep. 283

The NK News team discusses DPRK’s responses to US-ROK springtime drills and short-term prospects for weapons development

Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK NewsApril 11, 2023
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