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

“Trust” dominant theme of N. Korean editorial on day of Xi’s arrival in Pyongyang

The Rodong Sinmun sought to emphasize the two countries' close ties as the fifth Xi-Kim summit began

Rachel Minyoung Lee June 20, 2019
Analysis

What to make of Xi Jinping’s article in the North Korean party daily

This appears to be the first time a leader has contributed to the Rodong Sinmun in the lead-up to a visit

Rachel Minyoung Lee June 19, 2019
Analysis

Why North Korea’s “state visit” characterization for Xi Jinping is notable

State media used a rare phrase to report on the upcoming Sino-DPRK summit

Rachel Minyoung Lee June 18, 2019
Analysis

Kim Jong Un’s condolences tread fine line between personal respect and politics

The leader's tribute to the late Lee Hee-ho sees Pyongyang keep the door open for dialogue with Seoul

Rachel Minyoung Lee June 13, 2019
Analysis

Kim Jong Un’s May appearances: few activities marked by missile launch guidance

Military issues were front-and-center in a notably quiet month

Rachel Minyoung Lee June 9, 2019
Analysis

Making sense of leadership hierarchy: the cases of Kim Yong Chol and Kim Yo Jong

Observers should avoid reading too much into state media imagery

Rachel Minyoung Lee June 7, 2019
Analysis

Top brass: North Korea’s Political Bureau leadership, in full

State media coverage this week paints a fuller picture of recent promotions, organization hierarchy

Rachel Minyoung Lee June 5, 2019
Analysis

North Korea continues to signal interest in munitions production, launches

The DPRK could be hinting at shifting priorities — and plans for more testing in the future

Rachel Minyoung Lee June 4, 2019
Analysis

How North Korean media has covered the country’s ongoing “food problem”

Limited coverage of drought damage suggests situation remains manageable for the time being

Rachel Minyoung Lee May 22, 2019
Analysis

North Korea’s response to the Wise Honest seizure: a wait-and-see attitude?

The DPRK continues to build pressure while exercising restraint

Rachel Minyoung Lee May 14, 2019