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.
The Rodong Sinmun sought to emphasize the two countries' close ties as the fifth Xi-Kim summit began
This appears to be the first time a leader has contributed to the Rodong Sinmun in the lead-up to a visit
State media used a rare phrase to report on the upcoming Sino-DPRK summit
The leader's tribute to the late Lee Hee-ho sees Pyongyang keep the door open for dialogue with Seoul
Military issues were front-and-center in a notably quiet month
Observers should avoid reading too much into state media imagery
State media coverage this week paints a fuller picture of recent promotions, organization hierarchy
The DPRK could be hinting at shifting priorities — and plans for more testing in the future
Limited coverage of drought damage suggests situation remains manageable for the time being
The DPRK continues to build pressure while exercising restraint
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