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September 22, 2019

Regardless of reasons, Moranbong incident unlikely to loom for long

The abrupt pull-out from a performance in China by Moranbong Band, North Korea’s answer to South Korea’s head-turning girl groups, is likely to strain ties between...

Possibility of nuclear test lingers

Although North Korea celebrated the 85th anniversary of its Military Foundation Day with a joint military strike demonstration, analysts have noted the absence of...

Why is North Korea sending the Samjiyon Orchestra to the Olympics?

The 'Samjiyon Band' (distinct from the 'Samjiyon Orchestra') performs 'Eternal Echoes' for the 80th anniversary of the 'Pochonbo Battle' in Ryanggang Province. Image: Yonhap News...

Why Did the Central Bank Erase Kim Il Sung?

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North Korea restrained in high-level talks, eyes South as shortcut to sanctions relief

Ri Son Gwon (left), head of the North Korean delegation, shakes hands with his counterpart from South Korea Cho Myoung Gyun (right) during the...

Purge of Lee Young Ho Asks Questions

On July 15th, a Central Committee Politburo meeting was held in Pyongyang. It was called, according to the North Korean state media, to deal...

Experts wary of North Korea using Olympic art troupe for propaganda purposes

Delegates from the respective Unification Ministries of North and South Korea meet for working-level talks in Panmunjom on January 15. Image: Ministry of UnificationDelegates from...

Watch Escort Bureau, Learn of Kim’s Successor

With the news of Kim Jong Il’s illness becoming an established fact, whether the North Korean leadership system will turn into a third-generation hereditary...

North Korea’s new smartphone: faster, pricier, & insulated from outside networks

According to a January announcement from Egyptian telecom company Orascom, there are 3.7 million phone subscribers in North Korea. It has now become commonplace...

Implications of the crackdown on cottage industries

The North Korean authorities have begun warning residents of coming inspections as part of a crackdown on home-based shops. The announcement has come despite...

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