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March 7, 2021

Analysis & Opinion

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

Swearing Like a High School Student

In 1991 at the dawn of the post-Cold War era, North Korea signed the Inter-Korean Basic Agreement. Under it, Pyongyang agreed to the principle...

Movie “Crossing,” It Was Painful And Difficult to Bear

Whether a movie succeeds or not, the key actors and the director tend to receive the spotlight, but in the movie “Crossing,” the case...

There is no place for third country defectors

After 2005, the number of defectors who entered South Korea has remarkably decreased. According to the Ministry of Unification, 78 defectors came to South...

Implications of North Korea’s KIC Unilateral Wage Cap Decision

I. On December 6th, North Korea unilaterally eliminated the 5% cap on wage hikes for North Korean workers at the Kaesong Industrial Complex. Ostensibly, the abolition is...

Kim Han Sol Makes Minor Splash

Images of a young man assumed to be the 16-year old son of Kim Jong Nam have surfaced on Facebook, causing a stir in...

U.S. has US$50 million in fake ‘supernotes’: Secret Service

WASHINGTON, April 25 (Yonhap) -- The United States has to date seized some US$50 million of high-quality counterfeit American currency, commonly known as "supernotes,"...

Kim Jong Un’s birthday still not public holiday

Kim Jong Un again declined to designate his birthday (Jan. 8) as a national holiday in North Korea, and the day passed without significant...

What if the Six Party Talks Fail?

My deepest thanks to Nicholas Eberstadt of the American Enterprise Institute for agreeing to a telephone interview for The DailyNK readers. Eberstadt is one...

Kim to Russia Rumors Swirl

Rumors of a possible meeting between Kim Jong Il and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev in the Russian Far East have sparked interest. The Japanese and...

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