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June 18, 2024


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.


Vast new trove of North Korean laws shines light on developments in country

Texts acquired by ROK spy agency underscore construction push and greatly expand knowledge of legal system

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserJanuary 31, 2023

North Korea’s parliament introduces first new speaker in nearly 2 years

Delayed appointment at recent Supreme People’s Assembly session may reflect crisis, while Kim Yo Jong notably absent

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserJanuary 25, 2023

North Korea’s silent leadership reshuffle supports push to solve ‘food problem’

Recent plenum promoted cadres with experience in agriculture and industry as DPRK prioritizes living standards in 2023

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserJanuary 13, 2023

Kim Jong Un ousts North Korea’s No. 2 military leader in major personnel shakeup

Pak Jong Chon’s removal from top positions hints at dissatisfaction with military units, as over 50 officials reshuffled

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserJanuary 2, 2023

Prominent promotions: North Korea’s new generals and ‘hero’ missile transporter

Officials honored after DPRK’s successful long-range missile test gives hints at organizational structure in Pyongyang

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserNovember 29, 2022

North Korean insurance companies increase profits despite pandemic and lockdown

Insurers show small but measurable revenue gains, suggesting the DPRK economy is in better shape than some estimates

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserNovember 25, 2022

Seoul’s censorship of North Korean media violates South Koreans’ right to know

International law guarantees the right to receive information, though few in ROK government will defend this principle

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserSeptember 19, 2022

North Korea updates foreign trade law in apparent attempt to control money flows

Introduction of new rules for second time during pandemic suggests lockdown led to more restrictive business environment

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserAugust 31, 2022

North Korea’s premier now ranks as top official. Is he Kim Jong Un’s successor?

Kim Tok Hun has seen his rank rise despite no official change in position, a mystery with several plausible explanations

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserAugust 1, 2022

Another reason North Korean statistics are hard to trust — human error

State media broadcasts number of recovered ‘fever’ patients but incorrectly includes the number of new cases

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserJuly 15, 2022
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