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.
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
State media moderated its coverage of the DPRK's second missile launch in a week
The month also saw some major political events and a summit in Vladivostok
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