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July 19, 2024

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Martin Weiser

Martin Weiser

Martin Weiser received his MA from Korea University in 2014 with a thesis explaining North Korea’s changing human rights policy. He has continued researching North Korea’s political history as an independent researcher since then. His writings have appeared on SinoNK and in 2018 an article on the country’s legal system appeared in the European Journal of Korean Studies.

Analysis

At plenum, Kim Jong Un forces out elderly officials to make way for new blood

North Korean leader could rely on new cadres for years, while other changes signal new line on enforcing social control

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserJuly 5, 2024
Analysis

Why plans to overhaul North Korean constitution are likely behind election delay

DPRK may aim to install new parliament by August to adopt changes affirming Kim Jong Un’s rejection of reunification

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserMay 31, 2024
Analysis

How North Korea’s constitution reflected its claims to rule entire peninsula

Initial claims over ROK territory have since vanished from document, setting up Kim Jong Un’s rejection of unification

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserMay 17, 2024
Analysis

What 30K North Korean patents reveal about state efforts to foster innovation

Foreign patents have plunged since Kim Jong Un took power, but the regime is likely pushing researchers to collaborate

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserApril 10, 2024
Analysis

Why North Korea’s news agency deleted hundreds of articles from website

Purge of KCNA content appears aimed at expunging references to unification, South Korea and more

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserApril 5, 2024
Analysis

Slump in life insurance sector points to unreported COVID deaths in North Korea

Financial data from DPRK’s largest insurer reveals almost 20% decline in premium income in life insurance division

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserFebruary 12, 2024
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North Korean insurance companies release data pointing to growth in economy

Three of DPRK’s four smaller insurers showed significant growth, highlighting changes to regime’s taxation approach

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserJanuary 29, 2024
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How evolving state media coverage of Kim Jong Un’s daughter sets her up to rule

North Korean propaganda appears aimed at linking girl to space program, changing approach based on satellite launches

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserJanuary 9, 2024
Analysis

Why North Korea purged references to unification from propaganda websites

Change may be sign DPRK has nullified inter-Korean deals after Kim Jong Un called unification ‘impossible’

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserJanuary 4, 2024
Analysis

Kim Jong Un looks to shakeup state policy with sweeping reshuffle of officials

Promotion of over 40 people likely to support military line and rejection of unification, as 3 demoted officials return

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserJanuary 3, 2024
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