June 20, 2021

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.

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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

Author Image Martin Weiser June 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

Author Image Martin Weiser June 16, 2021
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What Kim Jong Un wants from his local political leaders

A rhetorical splitting of hairs reveals deeper shifts away from the personality cult of the Kim family

Author Image Martin Weiser June 7, 2021
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Revised party regulations point to new inter-Korean outlook

Reported changes also suggest curtailed leadership cult and possible position for a successor

Author Image Martin Weiser June 2, 2021
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Protecting the Kim family cult from harm

North Korea's Youth League name change more routine than puzzling

Author Image Martin Weiser May 19, 2021
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North Korea’s solution to economic crisis? Judge officials by their performance

Kim Jong Un wants to redefine how officials are assigned and take responsibility

Author Image Martin Weiser April 23, 2021
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Kim Jong Un’s right-hand man may be leading a new North Korean security council

Jo Yong Won appears to be heading a mysterious, rumored office that focuses on foreign policy and security

Author Image Martin Weiser February 24, 2021
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Kim takes back control of body overseeing party leadership

North Korean leader seems to be tightening grip on Organizational Guidance Department as part of corruption clampdown

Author Image Martin Weiser February 5, 2021
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Full recap: North Korea reshuffles key leadership roles at Eighth Party Congress

Kim Jong Un got a new title, Kim Yo Jong was demoted and the Politburo focused on economic experts

Author Image Martin Weiser January 12, 2021
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Mystery man: Kim Hyong Sik’s rise to head of the DPRK’s new judicial department

The unknown official’s promotion and creation of new department suggest more emphasis on rule by law in North Korea

Author Image Martin Weiser January 8, 2021
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