February 19, 2020


Rachel Minyoung Lee

Rachel Minyoung Lee is a senior analyst at NK Pro. Prior to joining NK Pro, she worked as a senior North Korean media analyst for the U.S. Government. She is also a trained translator of North Korean media propaganda into English.


Context and translation: North Korean coverage of the November 28 weapons test

State media hailed the test's "final review" of the new-type multiple rocket launcher system

Rachel Minyoung Lee November 29, 2019

North Korea’s Hwasong 15 monument: an ICBM poem in full

“Shine, oh the eternal and immortal achievement that has borne great power”

Rachel Minyoung Lee November 29, 2019

Choson Sinbo column reiterates importance of SLBMs, “nuclear deterrent”

An article in an influential pro-DPRK organ hailed the "success" of an October launch, hinted at further tests to come

Rachel Minyoung Lee November 28, 2019

Looking ahead: prospects for North Korea-U.S. relations

Amid a flurry of statements by DPRK officials, NK Pro analysts examine whether diplomacy can get back on track


In review: inter-Korean relations, prospects for change since the Hanoi summit

Ongoing Mount Kumgang issue merits a review of North-South ties in the wake of February's failed Kim-Trump meeting

Rachel Minyoung Lee November 12, 2019

North Korean criticism of U.S. for joint drills could signal bigger policy shift

Pyongyang’s unusual singling out of the U.S. for military drills with South Korea reflects a hardening position

Rachel Minyoung Lee November 7, 2019

North Korean media coverage of the October 31 weapons test: some oddities

The country's ruling party daily portrayed the latest missile launch as necessary for economic construction

Rachel Minyoung Lee November 1, 2019

North Korea appears to cement denuclearization talks policy

Pyongyang’s domestic reaffirmation of denuclearization talks policy shows resolve to follow through

Rachel Minyoung Lee October 29, 2019

What Kim Jong Un’s Mount Kumgang visit bodes for inter-Korean ties

Despite suggestions that Pyongyang may be creating an opening for talks with Seoul, such a policy shift appears unlikely

Rachel Minyoung Lee October 24, 2019

Ensuring Kim’s “absolute authority”: North Korea’s latest constitutional changes

The new measures, approved last month, grant Kim Jong Un even greater powers over the military and the state

Rachel Minyoung Lee October 23, 2019