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May 28, 2020

Analysis & Opinion

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

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What Thae Yong Ho offers South Korea’s conservatives

Conservatism in South Korea has seen better days. Some of its problems are obvious: Scandals surrounding former President Park Geun Hye not only soured...
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N. Korea is dropping hints for what’s to come this year – but what?

It’s not unusual for Korea Central Television (KCTV) to praise and idolize North Korea's Supreme Leader, Kim Jong Un, but some interesting changes have...
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Tracking the history of North Korea’s “Bureau 11”

This article is part of a series written by Daily NK journalist Kim Jeong Hun entitled “North Korea’s Secret Stories.”  After North Korea suffered a...
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Will Donald Trump ever do the right thing on North Korea, and embrace a...

Politicians so rarely do the right thing that to question their motives when they do seems defeatist. So, whatever his rationale, I had some tentative...
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Remembering the Kanggye Tractor Factory incident of 1991

This article is part two of a series written by Daily NK journalist Kim Jeong Hyun entitled “North Korea’s Secret Stories.”  At approximately 8:30 PM...
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Why did N. Korea relocate its National Defense University?

This article is part of a series written by Daily NK journalist Kim Jeong Hyun entitled "North Korea's Secret Stories."  In the early 2000s, students...
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Kim Kyong Hui and Kim Jong Un’s tottering hold on power

On Jan. 25, Kim Kyong Hui, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s paternal aunt (and Kim Jong Il's sister), appeared publicly for the first...
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N. Korea quarantines suspected coronavirus cases in Sinuiju

Following the broadcast of a North Korean health ministry official discussing the symptoms of the Wuhan coronavirus on state television on Jan. 21, North...
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Realities N. Korea faces in improving agricultural production

Since assuming power, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has traditionally given a New Year address every year. These New Year addresses generally followed...
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Thae Yong Ho: N. Korea’s constitution must be reformed

On Dec. 27, North Korea’s Constitution Day, the Workers’ Party of Korea’s mouthpiece, Rodong Sinmun, published an editorial on its front page calling for...

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