Joe Smith is a News Trainee at NK News.
Expert says DPRK appears to have concluded there are few benefits to maintaining historical presence in region
Expert says luxury brands are status symbol for North Korean elite but that sanctions likely limit import of new lines
Official tells NK News that DPRK provided no reason for decision, the 7th confirmed mission closure since last month
Expert says rare state media mention of Canadians’ case appears tied to Spavor’s recent accusations against Kovrig
Mission closure is 6th in last month, a trend expert says is likely due to fewer opportunities to earn funds for regime
27 countries in union also express concern about DPRK-Russia military cooperation, while calling for UN response
Expert says agreement will inject life into sanctions monitoring as Russia and China stonewall new measures
Han Kwang Song starts in World Cup qualifier vs. Syria, after sanctions derailed his career with Qatari club
Unnamed man accused of committing array of crimes during raid by activist group Free Joseon in Feb. 2019
Money seized from Russian bank to be paid in line with ruling that family is owed $500M over student’s wrongful death
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