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December 6, 2020

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

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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...

Why North Korean human rights still matter

If you’ve ever read North Korean state media, listened to its diplomats, or been subject to its apologists’ rants on social media, you know...

Pence Cartoon: “Game of Thrones”

Explanatory Note:  “Game of Thrones“ draws inspiration from news that Kim Yo Jong (KYJ), North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (KJU)’s sister, has become the...
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An open letter to Kim Yo Jong

I heard that your country is under a myriad of difficult circumstances. I understand that prolonged sanctions on North Korea and the suspension of...
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Pence Cartoon: “High Risk Bonds”

Explanatory Note:  The cartoon "High-Risk Bonds" draws inspiration from a series of recent Daily NK articles focusing on North Korea's wealthy entrepreneurial class, the donju...
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What we know – and what we don’t – about Kim Jong Un’s absence

Rumors regarding the health of Kim Jong Un began following his absence from the “Day of the Sun,” a national holiday commemorating the birth...

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