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July 12, 2020

Analysis & Opinion

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

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N. Korean soldiers increasingly strained by construction projects

Soldiers in the Korean People’s Army (KPA) have taken an increasing role in large-scale construction projects pursued as part of North Korea's "five-year strategy...
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Probing the effects of North Korea’s skyrocketing market fees

A recent hike in taxes at certain general markets in North Korea has brought grief to some North Koreans. According to sources in South...
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N. Korea is moving closer to achieving its “strategic position”

North Korea is again raising the stakes. Having urged a change in the US denuclearization calculus in the runup to their “end-of-the-year” deadline for...
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Has North Korea firmly decided to head down a “new path”?

On Monday, festivities on North Korea’s Mount Paektu, a mountain of great spiritual significance for both North and South Koreans, marked the reaching of...
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Thae Yong Ho: N. Korea must normalize its sports diplomacy

North Korea’s most prominent newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, has reported almost everyday that North Korea is becoming a global power in sports thanks to the...
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China’s government frets about N. Korea’s nukes, expert says

Following the breakdown of negotiations between North Korea and the US in Stockholm, Sweden, at the beginning of October, some foreign media outlets speculated...
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N. Korea is wasting time with calls for self-reliance and frugality

Subsequent to the recently failed negotiations between North Korea and the US, North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un has called on his nation to...
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The ebbs and flows of former N. Korean first lady Kim Song Ae

All narratives about the Kim dynasty in North Korea only focus on its four most infamous members, Kim Il Sung, Kim Jung Suk, Kim...
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S. Korea must come clean about N. Koreans’ deportation

On November 7, the government deported two North Korean defectors back to North Korea. This is the first time the South Korean government has...
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S. Korea gave death sentence to deported fishermen

The South Korean recently government deported two North Koreans captured in the East Sea. Amid questions surrounding what happened after they entered South Korean...

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