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February 24, 2020

Analysis & Opinion

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

Thae Yong Ho

Thae Yong Ho: North Korea must embrace the rule of law

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un conducted an on-the-spot visit to the Mount Kumgang tourist area on Oct. 23, according to Rodong Sinmun.  During his...
Thae Yong Ho

Thae Yong Ho: North Korea must stop false claims about Hangul

On Oct. 9, South Korea celebrated Hangul Day, which pays tribute to King Sejong the Great, the inventor of the Korean alphabet. Hangul Day...

Sinuiju’s increasing role in Sino-North Korean trade

In the early morning of Friday, Oct. 18, the road leading from Sinuiju, North Korea, to Dandong, China, was clogged with North Korean container...
Myohyangsang Tour Company

Has thriving Chinese tourism emboldened North Korea?

Chinese tourism into North Korea is thriving, which may have emboldened Kim Jong Un to recently order the demolishing of South Korean facilities on...
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Drama watching North Korean university student commits suicide

In Pyongyang, a female university student was arrested at her house by Group 109 while she was watching a South Korean drama. Group 109 agents...
Notetel and mp4

Why are bribes in Pyongyang so expensive?

North Koreans are typically forced to pay bribes to get themselves out of trouble when caught watching foreign movies and dramas. For example, Daily...
Launch of North Korea SLBM

Thae Yong Ho: SLBM development only leads to more sanctions

North Korean media outlets such as Rodong Sinmun have recently been reporting that North Korea’s “status” on the international stage is on the rise...
Conservative groups cho kuk

Why does North Korea seemingly support Cho Kuk?

North Korea has strongly criticized the Liberty Korea Party because of that party’s attacks against South Korea’s Justice Minister Cho Kuk and allegations of...
A blessed future

Unification minister should focus on North Korean human rights

In 2019, North Korea released a collection of short stories called “Blessed Future.” The book features 17 short stories, all of which praise Kim...
Pyongyang Housing

A glimpse into North Korea’s housing permit system

According to regulations stipulated by housing use permits, North Koreans are required to complete the residential registration process within 15 days and move into...

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