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Previewing North Korea’s Strategic Moves in 2024 

Previewing North Korea’s Strategic Moves in 2024 

By Mitch Shin
Expect North Korea to continue to advance military ties with Russia, push forward key advanced weapons programs (like nuclear subs), and generally shun diplomacy with the U.S. and South Korea.
North Korean Exports Hit Record High Since UN Sanctions Took Full Effect

North Korean Exports Hit Record High Since UN Sanctions Took Full Effect

By Troy Stangarone
North Korea’s exports overwhelmingly go to China – and rely on a single (and surprising) export category.

After Nearly 4 Year Gap, North Korea Begins Issuing Visas for Chinese Businesspeople

After Nearly 4 Year Gap, North Korea Begins Issuing Visas for Chinese Businesspeople

By Seulkee Jang
However, visas are not being granted to Chinese nationals who want to visit North Korea for tourism or family reasons.

Japan Fears Growing Threat From North Korea’s Latest Spy Satellite  

Japan Fears Growing Threat From North Korea’s Latest Spy Satellite  

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan goes back to the drawing board to tackle North Korea’s spy satellite and advancing nuclear weapons program.  

North Korea Successfully Launched Its Military Spy Satellite. What Now?

North Korea Successfully Launched Its Military Spy Satellite. What Now?

By Nah Liang Tuang
North Korea’s successful launch of a spy satellite will necessitate active counter-measures from the United States and its allies.
What Was in the Now-Scrapped Inter-Korea Military Agreement?

What Was in the Now-Scrapped Inter-Korea Military Agreement?

By Soyoung Kim
What is the Comprehensive Military Agreement (CMA), why has it been scrapped, and what are the implications? 

China Ignores North Korea’s Provocations at Its Own Risk

China Ignores North Korea’s Provocations at Its Own Risk

By Min-yong Lee
China was silent on North Korea’s launch of a military satellite, just as it has kept quiet on rapid advancements in Pyongyang’s missile program. Is a nuclear test next?
A Message to Kim Jong Un From Mother of Japanese Girl Abducted by North Korea in 1977

A Message to Kim Jong Un From Mother of Japanese Girl Abducted by North Korea in 1977

By Takahashi Kosuke
The mother of Yokota Megumi, the most famous of the Japanese civilians abducted by North Korea, continues to push for her daughter's return.

China’s Ambivalence on the North Korea-Russia Security Alignment

China’s Ambivalence on the North Korea-Russia Security Alignment

By Wooyeal Paik
There are both pros and cons for Beijing as Russia and North Korea expand their arms trade and strategic cooperation.

The Prospects for North Korea-Russia Nuclear Cooperation

The Prospects for North Korea-Russia Nuclear Cooperation

By Do Young LEE
Russia’s providing advanced nuclear assistance to North Korea is more likely and more sustainable than often assumed.

North Korea’s Nuclear Buildup Means Mutually Assured Destruction, Not Coercion

North Korea’s Nuclear Buildup Means Mutually Assured Destruction, Not Coercion

By Denny Roy
North Koreans have reasons to believe a large and highly survivable nuclear arsenal is necessary to deter the United States from attacking their country.
North Korea Is Closing Some Diplomatic Missions Abroad

North Korea Is Closing Some Diplomatic Missions Abroad

By Hyung-jin Kim
South Korea thinks the closures are a sign of the North’s economic troubles and the effectiveness of sanctions.

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