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South Korean Intelligence Reports COVID-19-Induced Panic Buying in the North
May 07, 2020

South Korean Intelligence Reports COVID-19-Induced Panic Buying in the North

By Associated Press
The National Intelligence Service told lawmakers in Seoul that the pandemic is hurting North Korea’s economy.
South Korea: Kim Jong Un Did Not Have Surgery Amid Lingering Rumors
May 05, 2020

South Korea: Kim Jong Un Did Not Have Surgery Amid Lingering Rumors

By Associated Press
The North Korean leader did not undergo a surgery, according to South Korean authorities.

Kim Jong Un Is Back, But North Korea Should Still Prepare for Leadership Transition
May 04, 2020

Kim Jong Un Is Back, But North Korea Should Still Prepare for Leadership Transition

By Cui Lei
Kim’s reappearance ends the current round of rumors, but health concerns will linger.

Kim Jong Un Reappears to Open Fertilizer Plant After Rumor-Heavy Absence
May 04, 2020

Kim Jong Un Reappears to Open Fertilizer Plant After Rumor-Heavy Absence

By Ankit Panda
Kim opened the Sunchon Phosphate Fertilizer Plant — a facility he had drawn attention to months earlier.

North Korea Gives Rare Response to Panic Buying Rumor
May 01, 2020

North Korea Gives Rare Response to Panic Buying Rumor

By Tae-jun Kang
North Korea almost never reacts to reports in foreign media. What's different this time?
How South Korea Is Building Influence Through COVID-19 Testing Kits
April 30, 2020

How South Korea Is Building Influence Through COVID-19 Testing Kits

By Kyle Ferrier
People-to-people ties and government connections below the national level have been playing an outsized role in exports of the crucial tests.

A Brief History of North Korean Officials Disappearing (and Reappearing)
April 29, 2020

A Brief History of North Korean Officials Disappearing (and Reappearing)

By Associated Press
Kim Jong Un is not the first North Korean leader to mysteriously vanish from the public eye.
North Korea’s Interesting Defense Moves
April 24, 2020

North Korea’s Interesting Defense Moves

By Atsuhito Isozaki
Some recent defense moves have been revealing.

What South Korea Thinks About the Kim Jong Un Health Rumors
April 23, 2020

What South Korea Thinks About the Kim Jong Un Health Rumors

By Jenna Gibson
While Seoul was quick to downplay the possibility, search trends and stock markets showed a fascination with the rumor that Kim was in critical condition.

After the 2020 Parliamentary Elections, What’s Next for South Korean Politics?
April 22, 2020

After the 2020 Parliamentary Elections, What’s Next for South Korean Politics?

By Joseph Yi and Wondong Lee
The Democratic Party won a massive victory, but the reshaping of South Korea’s right could have longer-term implications.

South Korea Downplays Concerns Over Kim Jong Un’s Health
April 22, 2020

South Korea Downplays Concerns Over Kim Jong Un’s Health

By Associated Press
Officials in Seoul sounded caution over unverified reports of Kim Jong Un suffering health complications.
COVID-19 Factor Powers South Korea’s Ruling Party to Historic Victory
April 17, 2020

COVID-19 Factor Powers South Korea’s Ruling Party to Historic Victory

By Cory Bisbee
The Democratic Party wins unilateral control of the National Assembly, while conservatives and minor parties recede.

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