April 06, 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.


Interpreting North Korea’s criticism of the U.S. in latest official, media commentaries

Shift in North Korea’s criticism from South Korea to the U.S. seems to be a tactical move prior to talks resumption

Rachel Minyoung Lee August 22, 2019

North Korean leadership appearances in July: Kim Jong Un dials up the pressure

The DPRK leader stepped-up military visits as Pak Pong Ju returned to regular economic inspections

Rachel Minyoung Lee August 9, 2019

State media coverage of North Korea’s August 6 missile launches: key takeaways

KCNA stresses technological perfection and leadership support for weapons programs

Rachel Minyoung Lee August 7, 2019

North Korean foreign ministry criticism of U.S.-ROK drills: why it’s significant

DPRK expresses continued interest in diplomacy, but warns of weapons development and deployment

Rachel Minyoung Lee August 6, 2019

North Korean media coverage of July 31 “artillery” launches: what was notable

Unusual emphasis on “modernization” and “ground military operations” suggests plans to bolster artillery

Rachel Minyoung Lee August 1, 2019

North Korean coverage of Thursday’s missile launches: key takeaways

Language in state media suggests Pyongyang may continue to engage in high-profile shows-of-force

Rachel Minyoung Lee July 26, 2019

Putting North Korea’s post-Panmunjom meeting actions into context

Thursday's missile test is part of a broader shift towards a hardening stance

Rachel Minyoung Lee July 25, 2019

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