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September 23, 2018

North Korea at 70: How it survived and will endure

On September 9, 1948, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) was declared in northern Korea. This happened less than a month after South...
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Denuclearization needs to be clearly defined as the denuclearization of North Korea.

Editor’s Note: Thae Yong Ho was serving as North Korea’s deputy ambassador to the United Kingdom when he chose to defect with his family...

Livestock reform needed for ordinary North Koreans to eat beef

Kim Jong Un’s ongoing review of North Korea’s economic sector is drawing attention from the international community. After discussions in April with the United...
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Against the budget reduction of the North Korean Human Rights Foundation

Editor’s Note: Thae Yong Ho was serving as North Korea’s deputy ambassador to the United Kingdom when he chose to defect with his family...

Reflections on tourism in Vietnam and North Korea

There were a few simple reasons why I chose to visit Vietnam’s capital city of Hanoi for my summer vacation. Flights and accommodation were...
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The time for re-evaluating denuclearization policies has come

Editor’s Note: Thae Yong Ho was serving as North Korea’s deputy ambassador to the United Kingdom when he chose to defect with his family...

North Korea weighs benefits of third inter-Korean summit

The importance of the upcoming inter-Korean summit has grown as the prospects for denuclearization and warming US-North Korea relations have hit a wall following...

North Korea’s opioid epidemic

To make up for financial shortfalls in the early 1980s, North Korea’s ruling Worker’s Party began mass producing and distributing opium through its infamous...

North Koreans prefer dog meat stew to beat the summer heat

This summer has been unusually hot. Even when I was living in North Korea, I used to complain about the heat but it was pretty...

Pyongsong’s nouveau rich seek fortunes elsewhere

The ownership, construction, and sale of housing in North Korea has become largely governed by market forces. The official policy of state ownership of...

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