December 07, 2021

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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.

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Analysis

North Korea may have quietly launched a new arts and culture department

New ruling party organization may tie to greater efforts to promote Kim Jong Un and state ideology in popular media

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserNovember 22, 2021
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Analysis

Reshuffles at North Korea’s parliament session suggest volatility at the top

The latest round of promotions and demotions highlights major changes in DPRK leadership since January

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserOctober 4, 2021
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Analysis

Fake news? North Korea quickly recalled Rodong Sinmun after name mix-up

DPRK propagandists made a rare mistake that could have been a misprint, or a sign of behind-the-scenes power struggles

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserOctober 1, 2021
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Analysis

Changes to North Korea’s Foreign Trade Law point to tightening of state control

Latest revisions amid pandemic lockdown also suggest efforts to diversify trade and protect domestic production

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserSeptember 20, 2021
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Bureaucratic flip-flop: former propaganda head back in post months after leaving

Reappointment of Ri Il Hwan suggests dissatisfaction with his replacement, or a behind-the-scenes power struggle

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserAugust 26, 2021
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Analysis

Kim Jong Un, in naming a successor, follows a similar precedent to Mao

North Korea's creation of an immediate deputy to leader resembles China's plan to name a successor for ailing Mao Zedong

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserAugust 12, 2021
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Analysis

Changes to North Korea’s military leadership on display during mausoleum visit

Kim Jong Un’s visit to Kumsusan last week showcased changes suggesting military’s role in 'grave' COVID-19 incident

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserJuly 12, 2021
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Analysis

Was there a major shakeup of top officials at North Korea’s politburo meeting?

Empty seats, voting abstentions may indicate demotions among Kim Jong Un’s top military and other officials

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserJuly 1, 2021
News

Why you can’t believe everything you read about North Korea

A typo on a U.N. database led to misleading reports from uncritical journalists, but the mistake was avoidable

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserJune 17, 2021
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End of North Korean unification magazine another sign of friction on peninsula

Committee for the June 15 joint declaration has not published its periodical since January

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserJune 16, 2021
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