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September 27, 2020

Analysis & Opinion

The latest analysis and opinion on North Korea by Daily NK staff and contributors.

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Sanctions on North Korea: An interview with Joshua Stanton

"Sanctions" have long been slapped on countries deemed at odds with international norms, and North Korea is no exception. Daily NK recently asked Joshua Stanton,...

Pence Cartoon: “Hell’s Bells”

Explanatory Note “Hell's Bells” comments on the flurry of events that have occurred since June, when Kim Yo Jong - Kim Jong Un’s younger sister...
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How has Kim Jong Un changed his country’s prison camps?

Across all three generations of the Kim family (Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Un), political prison camps have played a...
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Life in Pyongyang through the perspective of those who live there (2)

Daily NK's interviews with three Pyongyang residents continue with another set of questions focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on life in...
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How would a Biden administration deal with North Korea?

One of the consequences of the 2016 US presidential election is that people don’t believe polls. While such disbelief is largely unfounded, we can...
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Life in Pyongyang through the perspective of those who live there

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's focus recently has been on his country's capital city of Pyongyang. Kim, during a Politburo meeting held last month,...

Pence Cartoon: “Echoes”

Explanatory Note Gregory Pence’s latest cartoon for Daily NK juxtaposes the striking mountains of South & North Korea, and the colloquial sighs of two weary...
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Is the US really a “hindrance” to inter-Korean reconciliation?

“When the foreign ministry proudly stated that a US-South Korean Working Group had been formed, I thought had just ‘shackled ourselves,’” said...
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More clues to what’s going on with Kim Jong Un’s health

Rodong Sinmun published an article on Monday about a “technician contest” that is currently underway in North Korea. Based on the article, the competition...

Pence Cartoon: “Deflated”

Explanatory Note “Deflated” reveals the contradictions of North Korea’s response to COVID-19. The country still maintains that it has no COVID-19 cases, which is almost...

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