Rachel Minyoung Lee was 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.
Pyongyang’s unusual lack of response to foreign affairs could portend bigger policy changes
Article in Tokyo-based Choson Sinbo seeks to bolster claims by Kim Jong Un at December party plenum
Appointment of a new foreign minister is not surprising, but Ri Son Gwon, if his appointment is confirmed, is
Kim Jong Un calls for domestic resilience and continued development of strategic weapons
The meeting's military and defense-heavy agenda indicates Pyongyang will likely adopt a hard line at the upcoming plenum
Recent events and state media signaling suggest the reversal of agreements made with the U.S. and South Korea in 2018
Korean People's Army General Staff chief Pak has been a leading voice in the DPRK's recent anti-U.S. military statements
The DPRK foreign ministry leaves the door ajar for the U.S., but maintains hard line
Front-page article lauds the leader for strengthening national defense, building the economy
An atypical decision to hold a late-year party plenum foreshadows a major hard-line policy shift
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