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2022/05/20 | The Interpreter

Lies, Damn Lies, and North Korea’s Covid Statistics

Why has Pyongyang suddenly fessed up to an outbreak after years of insisting the virus has been held completely at bay?

2022/05/05 | Deutsche Welle

North Korea Cracks Down on ‘Capitalist’ Pop Culture

An increase in the scale of prison and labor camps in North Korea suggests more people are falling foul of the regime’s rules on deviation from the socialist norm, analysts say.

2022/04/14 | Voice of America

Experts: New Sanctions Unlikely To Deter North Korea From Nuclear Path

A U.N. Security Council Resolution banned North Korea’s exports of coal, iron, and seafood, but Pyongyang often manages to evade sanctions to sell these products by illicit means.

2022/03/18 | East Asia Forum

Can Seoul Court Beijing’s Perception Problem?

While it might be unrealistic for Seoul to completely sever itself from Washington’s global geostrategy, Beijing and Seoul could still reach a modus vivendi on South Korea’s contribution to the U.S.-led Indo-Pacific Strategy and its future relationship with the Quad.

2022/02/10 | The Interpreter

A Foreign Policy Cheat Sheet for South Korea’s Presidential Election

Liberal and conservative candidates bring distinct traits to office. But after polling day, the shackles could come off.

2022/01/20 | Deutsche Welle

North Korea Hints It May Resume Nuclear Tests

North Korean state media said the country would consider restarting “suspended activities,” amid preparations for a “long-term confrontation” with the United States.

2021/12/15 | Deutsche Welle

Is South Korea Close to Officially Ending the Korean War?

It has long been a dream of South Korean President Moon to formally end the war with the North, but analysts caution the idea may not be strategically sound or politically feasible.

2021/12/01 | Timothy S. Rich

Survey: How Concerned Are Americans About a Conflict with China and North Korea?

In contrast with North Korea, China is more credibly seen as posing both a military and economic threat to the U.S. and the public is likely more familiar with China’s human rights abuses.

2021/11/23 | Voice of America

Experts: US Boycott of Beijing Olympics Would Dash Seoul’s Hopes for Diplomacy

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said a declaration to end the Korean War could be a “catalyst” for the resumption of dialogue with North Korea.

2021/10/04 | Deutsche Welle

North and South Korea Reconnect Cross-border Hotline

Pyongyang last cut off the hotline in August after joint U.S.-South Korea military drills. The move comes amid a series of weapons tests by the North.

2021/09/02 | Voice of America

North Korea Rejects Covid Vaccines, Saying Hard-hit Nations Have Greater Need

UNICEF had allocated 2.97 million does to North Korea, which reported it has found no cases of Covid-19.

2021/07/07 | Voice of America

North Korea Faces Worsening Economic Woes Amid Covid Lockdown

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un recently acknowledged food shortages, comparing situation to devastating 1990s famine.

2020/12/10 | East Asia Forum

North Korea Faces One of Its Toughest Winters

North Koreans are in for a tough winter, with the Covid-19 pandemic, severe food shortages, and the lack of heating options.

2020/10/21 | TNL Feature

How Do South Koreans View North Korea’s Human Rights Violations?

A survey found that if unification were to occur, most South Koreans agree that North Korean officials should be punished for human rights violations, even if doing so increased tensions.

2020/09/03 | The Interpreter

A Biden Presidency and the US–South Korea Alliance

Can Joe Biden, if elected, heal the rift between the two countries, or will he make it worse?

2020/08/27 | Deutsche Welle

North Korea and Coronavirus: Hide-And-Seek With the World

Coronavirus has left a trail of destruction for many neighboring countries — but in Pyongyang, leader Kim Jong Un denies that there have been any infections. Is this true?

2020/06/19 | Voice of America

Kim Jong Un Keeps Quiet as North Korea Turns Up Heat

Kim Yo Jong has become the public face of North Korea’s more aggressive stance toward the South.