December 13, 2019

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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.

Analysis

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
Analysis

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
Analysis

After Kim’s Paektu visit, North Korea strongly hints at looming hard-line move

Follow-up media campaign following Kim Jong Un’s mountain trip hints at tough decisions looming

Rachel Minyoung Lee October 18, 2019
Analysis

What to make of Kim Jong Un’s impromptu visit to Mount Paektu this week

State media reporting was rich in symbolism, projecting the DPRK leader's power and determination

Rachel Minyoung Lee October 16, 2019
Analysis

On party founding anniversary, North Korea bolsters Kim Jong Un’s leadership

The Rodong Sinmun's unusual emphasis of Kim tracks with post-Hanoi developments

Rachel Minyoung Lee October 11, 2019
Analysis

North Korea reinforces ideological education against “bourgeois” values

The renewed “class education” campaign builds on weapons tests and uptick in anti-U.S. rhetoric

Rachel Minyoung Lee October 10, 2019
Analysis

The DPRK foreign ministry’s readout of Stockholm talks: key takeaways

North Korea's response to failed working-level negotiations appears to reflect hardened line

Rachel Minyoung Lee October 7, 2019
Analysis

North Korean party daily calls national defense “number one” priority

A Rodong Sinmun article emphasizing defense capabilities appears to signal yet another shift

Rachel Minyoung Lee September 27, 2019
Analysis

North Korea maintains subtle anti-U.S. rhetoric, despite diplomatic overtures

The party daily keeps up low-level criticism as DPRK withholds positive developments from the domestic public

Rachel Minyoung Lee September 23, 2019
Analysis

North Korean leader’s sister Kim Yo Jong appears to have been promoted

State media suggests Kim holding broader, if not higher-profile, role in the ruling party

Rachel Minyoung Lee September 13, 2019