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From Moscow to Pyongyang: How Russia’s anger toward West drove it to North Korea
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From Moscow to Pyongyang: How Russia’s anger toward West drove it to North Korea

Russia began to reengage the DPRK around turn of millennium, but decades of effort have only recently born fruit

From Moscow to Pyongyang: How Russia’s anger toward West drove it to North Korea
Andrei LankovAndrei Lankov January 12, 2024
Sporting glory: Inside North Korea’s failed bid to become an athletic powerhouse
Analysis

Sporting glory: Inside North Korea’s failed bid to become an athletic powerhouse

From the 1980s, Kim regime used sports to engage South Korea and win support, but economic problems thwarted its plans

Sporting glory: Inside North Korea’s failed bid to become an athletic powerhouse
Yong Ja HongYong Ja Hong January 10, 2024
The role of translation in shedding light on North Korea – Ep. 324
North Korea News Podcast

The role of translation in shedding light on North Korea – Ep. 324

Retired CIA officer Stephen Mercado discusses how analysts can mine non-Korean sources for insights into DPRK life

The role of translation in shedding light on North Korea – Ep. 324
Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK News January 10, 2024
Why North Korea purged references to unification from propaganda websites
Analysis

Why North Korea purged references to unification from propaganda websites

Change may be sign DPRK has nullified inter-Korean deals after Kim Jong Un called unification ‘impossible’

Why North Korea purged references to unification from propaganda websites
Martin WeiserMartin Weiser January 4, 2024
Why North Korea declared unification ‘impossible,’ abandoning decades-old goal
Analysis

Why North Korea declared unification ‘impossible,’ abandoning decades-old goal

Kim Jong Un calls Koreas separate states at war, in what experts say is major shift from viewing South as compatriots

Why North Korea declared unification ‘impossible,’ abandoning decades-old goal
Jeongmin KimJeongmin Kim January 1, 2024
Book review: A deep dive into the obscure world of North Korean animation
Opinion

Book review: A deep dive into the obscure world of North Korean animation

In ‘The Complete Encyclopaedia of North Korean Anime,’ a Japanese IT worker explores seven decades of DPRK cartoons

Book review: A deep dive into the obscure world of North Korean animation
Stephen MercadoStephen Mercado December 26, 2023
From Moscow to Pyongyang: A new Russia turns its back on North Korea
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From Moscow to Pyongyang: A new Russia turns its back on North Korea

Collapse of the Soviet Union led to breakdown in political and trade ties, but this state of affairs would not last

From Moscow to Pyongyang: A new Russia turns its back on North Korea
Andrei LankovAndrei Lankov December 21, 2023
Cry me a river: How North Koreans interpret Kim Jong Un’s tears
Analysis

Cry me a river: How North Koreans interpret Kim Jong Un’s tears

Experts say state media coverage seeks to ‘humanize’ the leader, regardless of whether the tears are genuine or theater

Cry me a river: How North Koreans interpret Kim Jong Un’s tears
Joe SmithJoe Smith December 13, 2023
From Moscow to Pyongyang: North Korea pivots back toward the Soviet side
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From Moscow to Pyongyang: North Korea pivots back toward the Soviet side

The DPRK repaired ties with USSR after cozying up to Beijing, and Moscow provided aid despite distaste for regime

From Moscow to Pyongyang: North Korea pivots back toward the Soviet side
Andrei LankovAndrei Lankov December 12, 2023
North and South Korea should abandon the chimera of reunification
Opinion

North and South Korea should abandon the chimera of reunification

Tensions and nukes have made unification a pipe dream, and history shows shared culture does not require a single state

North and South Korea should abandon the chimera of reunification
Tomasz WierzbowskiTomasz Wierzbowski December 5, 2023
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