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Deciphering Kim Jong Un’s Second Policy Speech
October 15, 2021

Deciphering Kim Jong Un’s Second Policy Speech

By ISOZAKI Atsuhito
A familiar mix of hard and soft tactics.

Can the Biden Administration Tempt North Korea Back to the Table?  
October 13, 2021

Can the Biden Administration Tempt North Korea Back to the Table?  

By Mitch Shin
Even though Washington has reached out to Pyongyang with detailed messages through multiple channels, North Korea has not responded.  
Kim Jong Un Decides to Restore Inter-Korean Communication Lines
September 30, 2021

Kim Jong Un Decides to Restore Inter-Korean Communication Lines

By Mitch Shin
The North Korean leader said the inter-Korean hotlines will be restored in early October, but also warned against the arms buildup of South Korea and the U.S.  

North Korea’s Unusual Military Parade
September 10, 2021

North Korea’s Unusual Military Parade

By Mitch Shin
Unlike previous military parades, North Korea did not unveil new advanced weapons this time.

From Ethnic Nationalism to Social Media: How North Korea Leverages Its Soft Power Abroad
August 17, 2021

From Ethnic Nationalism to Social Media: How North Korea Leverages Its Soft Power Abroad

By Jason Bartlett
Kim Jong Un recently instructed the country’s propagandists to improve overseas messaging efforts.

Can North Korea Survive Without Its Chairman?
July 02, 2021

Can North Korea Survive Without Its Chairman?

By Chan Young Bang
For all intents and purposes, Kim Jong Un is the DPRK. Such a system won't survive a leadership transition at this juncture.

Kim Jong Un’s Comments Reflect Growing Fear Over North Korea’s Food Crisis 
June 30, 2021

Kim Jong Un’s Comments Reflect Growing Fear Over North Korea’s Food Crisis 

By Mitch Shin
The COVID-19 pandemic and U.S.-led economic sanctions have pushed the North toward an economic catastrophe.
What Is North Korea Trying to Tell the US?
June 24, 2021

What Is North Korea Trying to Tell the US?

By Mitch Shin
Pyongyang and Washington have shown different interpretations of Kim Jong Un’s latest remarks about possible talks with the Biden administration.

Japan Backward in Coming Forward on US-North Korea
May 06, 2021

Japan Backward in Coming Forward on US-North Korea

By ISOZAKI Atsuhito
At a time of stalemate, the Suga administration seems unwilling to take the initiative.

Is North Korea Returning to Diplomacy?
April 16, 2021

Is North Korea Returning to Diplomacy?

By ISOZAKI Atsuhito
Signs are emerging of a resumption of a diplomatic activity by Kim Jong Un.

Understanding North Korea’s Fuel Smuggling Networks in East Asia
April 14, 2021

Understanding North Korea’s Fuel Smuggling Networks in East Asia

By Ankit Panda
How does North Korea keep fueling its military and other needs?
Xi, Kim Share Messages Reaffirming China-North Korea Alliance
March 23, 2021

Xi, Kim Share Messages Reaffirming China-North Korea Alliance

By Kim Tong-Hyung
After U.S. diplomats visited Seoul and Tokyo to discuss North Korea issues, Beijing and Pyongyang highlighted their partnership.

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