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Ask a North Korean: Is it possible to get plastic surgery in North Korea?
Ask A North Korean

Ask a North Korean: Is it possible to get plastic surgery in North Korea?

Double eyelid surgery and cosmetic tattoos are popular, but such illegal medical procedures carry serious risks

Ask a North Korean: Is it possible to get plastic surgery in North Korea?
Joshua KimJoshua Kim March 23, 2022
UN official calls for ‘new way of thinking’ on North Korean human rights
News

UN official calls for ‘new way of thinking’ on North Korean human rights

In final report, UN point man on DPRK human rights suggests donating 60 million vaccines could be ‘gateway’ to talks

UN official calls for ‘new way of thinking’ on North Korean human rights
Chaewon ChungChaewon Chung March 18, 2022
Yoon’s victory sets up big shift in Seoul’s stance on North Korean human rights
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Analysis

Yoon’s victory sets up big shift in Seoul’s stance on North Korean human rights

President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol has a chance to help defectors but faces major challenges to reaching those in the DPRK

Yoon’s victory sets up big shift in Seoul’s stance on North Korean human rights
James FretwellJames Fretwell March 16, 2022
What North Korean defectors think of president-elect Yoon Suk-yeol
News

What North Korean defectors think of president-elect Yoon Suk-yeol

Some in defector community welcome Yoon’s policy ideas on human rights, while emphasizing need for pragmatic approach

What North Korean defectors think of president-elect Yoon Suk-yeol
Ifang BremerIfang Bremer March 15, 2022
Ask a North Korean: What was it like to vote for the first time in South Korea?
Ask A North Korean

Ask a North Korean: What was it like to vote for the first time in South Korea?

Joshua Kim explains the DPRK’s electoral process and why voters there don’t really have a choice

Ask a North Korean: What was it like to vote for the first time in South Korea?
Joshua KimJoshua Kim March 15, 2022
Yoon lays out plans for Seoul to ‘lead’ North Korea sanctions implementation
News

Yoon lays out plans for Seoul to ‘lead’ North Korea sanctions implementation

President-elect promises major departures from Moon administration in release outlining foreign policy priorities

Yoon lays out plans for Seoul to ‘lead’ North Korea sanctions implementation
Arius DerrArius Derr | Chaewon Chung March 14, 2022
Election primer: What Yoon Suk-yeol and Lee Jae-myung think about North Korea
Analysis

Election primer: What Yoon Suk-yeol and Lee Jae-myung think about North Korea

Winner of Wednesday’s presidential election poised to shape inter-Korean policy for years to come

Election primer: What Yoon Suk-yeol and Lee Jae-myung think about North Korea
Jeongmin KimJeongmin Kim March 8, 2022
Ask a North Korean: What do North Koreans think about different car brands?
Ask A North Korean

Ask a North Korean: What do North Koreans think about different car brands?

Defector from an elite family explains the DPRK’s love of foreign cars, why so many drive wood-powered vehicles and more

Ask a North Korean: What do North Koreans think about different car brands?
Alek SigleyAlek Sigley March 4, 2022
Tracking state killings under Kim Jong Un – NKNews Podcast Ep. 224
North Korea News Podcast

Tracking state killings under Kim Jong Un – NKNews Podcast Ep. 224

Ahyeong Park discusses Transitional Justice Working Group’s efforts to hold Pyongyang accountable for rights violations

Tracking state killings under Kim Jong Un – NKNews Podcast Ep. 224
Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK News March 1, 2022
How a North Korean businessman’s high-rise dreams came crashing down
Columns

How a North Korean businessman’s high-rise dreams came crashing down

A defector’s memoir illuminates how private entrepreneurs, relying on bribery, drove a construction boom in Pyongyang

How a North Korean businessman’s high-rise dreams came crashing down
Andrei LankovAndrei Lankov February 25, 2022