December 13, 2019


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.


Why Kim’s submarine visit leaves room for talks, but reflects hardening position

Apparent increased interest in arms buildup escalates pressure on U.S. while state media focuses on defense rather than offense

Rachel Minyoung Lee July 23, 2019

In context: the North Korean foreign ministry’s recent pronouncements on the U.S.

Statements leave room for diplomacy to continue, though appear to reflect a hardening position

Rachel Minyoung Lee July 19, 2019

Kim Jong Un’s appearances in June: from munitions factory visits to diplomacy

June was dominated by high-level summitry and the return of high-level officials amid "purge" reports 

Rachel Minyoung Lee July 5, 2019

North Korean TV documentary underscores prospects for improved DPRK-U.S. ties

Building on state media, KCTV hailed Sunday's "historic" summit

Rachel Minyoung Lee July 2, 2019

Six key takeaways from DPRK media coverage of the Kim-Trump Panmunjom summit

The two leaders held an impromptu third meeting on Sunday

Rachel Minyoung Lee July 1, 2019

The significance of North Korea’s commemoration of Kim’s three-year-old title

State Affairs Commission gained importance compared to 2017/18, plus return of term "war deterrent"

Rachel Minyoung Lee July 1, 2019

North Korea’s documentary on the Kim-Xi summit: some key takeaways

State TV hailed the meeting as “comradely, candid, and friendly," underscored positive outcomes

Rachel Minyoung Lee June 26, 2019

North Korean state media coverage of fifth Kim-Xi summit

Omitting ‘denuclearization’ and highlighting the socialist bond, the two stressed a united front on the international stage

Rachel Minyoung Lee June 24, 2019

North Korean report on Trump’s letter to Kim is short, but implies much

Coverage represents first-time state media covers a letter from Trump to both domestic and foreign audiences

Rachel Minyoung Lee June 23, 2019

Reading the North Korean leadership at the Kim-Xi summit

A Sino-DPRK meeting in Pyongyang offered some insights into goings-on in the court of Kim Jong Un

Rachel Minyoung Lee June 21, 2019