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How South Korea’s National Treasures were nearly lost to North Korea
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How South Korea’s National Treasures were nearly lost to North Korea

Museum director’s quick thinking meant thousands of artifacts were saved from DPRK soldiers during the Korean War

How South Korea’s National Treasures were nearly lost to North Korea
Joon Ha ParkJoon Ha Park February 14, 2024
The Korean War POWs who rejected North and South Korea to go to neutral India
Features

The Korean War POWs who rejected North and South Korea to go to neutral India

Seventy years ago, a handful of Koreans set sail for Madras, many with futile dreams of eventually settling in the US

The Korean War POWs who rejected North and South Korea to go to neutral India
James FretwellJames Fretwell February 9, 2024
The cost of vigilance: Seoul’s mobilization paradox in case of war with the DPRK
Analysis

The cost of vigilance: Seoul’s mobilization paradox in case of war with the DPRK

Experts question capabilities of South Korea’s reserve forces should mass call-ups become a reality

The cost of vigilance: Seoul’s mobilization paradox in case of war with the DPRK
Chad O'CarrollChad O'Carroll February 7, 2024
Autocrat allies? How Kim Jong Un could boost ties with ‘North Korea of Europe’
Analysis

Autocrat allies? How Kim Jong Un could boost ties with ‘North Korea of Europe’

Belarus-DPRK relations have been minimal for decades, but their shared outsider status means that could soon change

Autocrat allies? How Kim Jong Un could boost ties with ‘North Korea of Europe’
Joe SmithJoe Smith February 5, 2024
Experts agree: Japan’s ties with North Korea are going nowhere fast
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Experts agree: Japan’s ties with North Korea are going nowhere fast

DPRK watchers in Tokyo say abductee issue and US pressure remain hurdles to engagement as Chongryon continues to decline

Experts agree: Japan’s ties with North Korea are going nowhere fast
Andrei LankovAndrei Lankov February 1, 2024
Arch nemesis: Kim Jong Un dismantled a monument — and his grandfather’s legacy
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Arch nemesis: Kim Jong Un dismantled a monument — and his grandfather’s legacy

Reunification arch celebrated Kim’s predecessor, and its destruction shows North Korean leader won’t be bound by past

Arch nemesis: Kim Jong Un dismantled a monument — and his grandfather’s legacy
James FretwellJames Fretwell January 30, 2024
North Korean Workers’ Party assembly chair Choe Thae Bok dead at 93
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North Korean Workers’ Party assembly chair Choe Thae Bok dead at 93

Kim Jong Un visited official’s funeral bier to pay respects to one of DPRK’s longest-tenured elites

North Korean Workers’ Party assembly chair Choe Thae Bok dead at 93
Fyodor TertitskiyFyodor Tertitskiy January 23, 2024
How Russia’s secretive Lenin Lab helped North Korea embalm its ruling Kims
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How Russia’s secretive Lenin Lab helped North Korea embalm its ruling Kims

Pyongyang paid as much as $1M to the Russian team that has preserved Lenin for 100 years, though it refuses to admit it

How Russia’s secretive Lenin Lab helped North Korea embalm its ruling Kims
James FretwellJames Fretwell January 19, 2024
North Korean state TV revises maps to only highlight northern half of peninsula
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North Korean state TV revises maps to only highlight northern half of peninsula

Changes appear to be part of systematic effort to purge symbols of unification in line with orders from Kim Jong Un

North Korean state TV revises maps to only highlight northern half of peninsula
Joe SmithJoe Smith January 18, 2024
Echoes of war: North Korea’s artillery display stirs memories of 2010 shelling
Analysis

Echoes of war: North Korea’s artillery display stirs memories of 2010 shelling

DPRK’s aggressive start to 2024 portends more provocations, and this time Pyongyang’s goal likely isn’t negotiations

Echoes of war: North Korea’s artillery display stirs memories of 2010 shelling
Edward HowellEdward Howell January 16, 2024
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