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What to Make of Kim Yo Jong’s Verbal Attack of South Korea’s Defense Minister
April 04, 2022

What to Make of Kim Yo Jong’s Verbal Attack of South Korea’s Defense Minister

By Mitch Shin
Three days after Defense Minister Suh Wook underscored the South’s preemptive strike capabilities, Pyongyang warned that Seoul was facing a serious threat. 

The Essence of North Korea’s ‘Our State First’
November 18, 2021

The Essence of North Korea’s ‘Our State First’

By ISOZAKI Atsuhito
An expression offers insight into an inscrutable country.
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.

North Korea Reiterates Preconditions for Inter-Korean Thaw
September 27, 2021

North Korea Reiterates Preconditions for Inter-Korean Thaw

By Mitch Shin
Kim Yo Jong welcomed Moon’s outreach in his U.N. speech, but made clear that Seoul will have to end its “hostile policies” first.

North Korea Issues Warning Over South Korea-US Joint Military Exercises
August 12, 2021

North Korea Issues Warning Over South Korea-US Joint Military Exercises

By Mitch Shin
Shortly after the two Koreas restored communication channels, North Korea lambasted the upcoming exercises and stopped returning the South’s calls. 

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 Yo Jong Slams Seoul After Anti-North Korea Leaflets Launched
May 04, 2021

Kim Yo Jong Slams Seoul After Anti-North Korea Leaflets Launched

By Mitch Shin
After an activist launched leaflets to the North last week, Pyongyang immediately responded with harsh warnings.
North Korea Takes Aim at Seoul as Biden Mulls Policy Options
March 30, 2021

North Korea Takes Aim at Seoul as Biden Mulls Policy Options

By Mitch Shin
After Pyongyang's resumed missile testing, Seoul and Washington are having difficulties finding a way to resume dialogue.

North Korea Warns US Not to ‘Cause a Stink’ Before Seoul Meeting
March 16, 2021

North Korea Warns US Not to ‘Cause a Stink’ Before Seoul Meeting

By Kim Tong-Hyung
Kim Yo Jong issued a warning statement ahead of a U.S.-South Korea 2+2, in Pyongyang’s first direct comment to the Biden administration.

Kim Jong Un Declares North Korea Will Advance Nuclear Capabilities
January 12, 2021

Kim Jong Un Declares North Korea Will Advance Nuclear Capabilities

By Mitch Shin
During the Eighth Party Congress, Kim vowed to enhance the country’s missile programs and nuclear power – a worrying sign for diplomacy with the U.S. and South Korea.

North Korea Takes Offense at Seoul Foreign Minister’s COVID-19 Remarks
December 09, 2020

North Korea Takes Offense at Seoul Foreign Minister’s COVID-19 Remarks

By Mitch Shin
North Korea continues to be hypersensitive about its handling of the pandemic.
South Korea Reacts to News North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Is Delegating Power
August 24, 2020

South Korea Reacts to News North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Is Delegating Power

By Tae-jun Kang
The report has led to a wave of rumors – Kim in a coma? – and accusations – Seoul trying to “distract” the public from its own missteps.

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