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Breaking Down North Korea’s COVID Strategy
July 22, 2022

Breaking Down North Korea’s COVID Strategy

By Emma Nymoen
The Kim Jong Un regime’s COVID-19 policies are enabling the government to re-indoctrinate a nation of people.

How Do North Korea’s COVID Quarantines Work?
May 26, 2022

How Do North Korea’s COVID Quarantines Work?

By Mun Dong Hui
A glimpse at how North Korea is managing home and centralized quarantines – and the penalties for escaping.
What Comes Next in North Korea’s Battle With Omicron?
May 19, 2022

What Comes Next in North Korea’s Battle With Omicron?

By Justin Fendos
How bad might North Korea’s first COVID-19 outbreak get, and what options does the international community have in responding?

North Korea Confirms Omicron Case, Raising Fears of a COVID Catastrophe
May 12, 2022

North Korea Confirms Omicron Case, Raising Fears of a COVID Catastrophe

By Shannon Tiezzi
China’s example raises serious questions about how North Korea can possibly hope to combat the virus.

North Korea Launches 3 Short-Range Ballistic Missiles Shortly After Confirming 1st COVID Case
May 12, 2022

North Korea Launches 3 Short-Range Ballistic Missiles Shortly After Confirming 1st COVID Case

By Mitch Shin
Five days after test-firing a submarine-launched ballistic missile, North Korea conducted its 16th missile test this year.

How Pandemic Paranoia Is Driving North Korea’s Strategy
February 16, 2022

How Pandemic Paranoia Is Driving North Korea’s Strategy

By Riccardo Villa
COVID-19 will continue to be the fundamental factor determining North Korea’s approach to the world.

North Korea’s Ticking COVID-19 Time Bomb
February 05, 2022

North Korea’s Ticking COVID-19 Time Bomb

By Justin Fendos
Like many nations, North Korea’s initial calculation may have been that there would be an eventual end to the pandemic.
North Korea Will Skip Beijing Winter Olympics 
January 07, 2022

North Korea Will Skip Beijing Winter Olympics 

By Mitch Shin
North Korea decided not to participate in the Beijing Olympics due to “hostile forces” and the pandemic.

North Korea’s Strict COVID-19 Policies Undermine Kim Jong Un’s Goal of Ending Hunger
January 07, 2022

North Korea’s Strict COVID-19 Policies Undermine Kim Jong Un’s Goal of Ending Hunger

By Troy Stangarone
Dismal trade figures for 2021 attest to the toll the North’s border closures are taking on its food supply.

Amid Omicron Worries, North Korea Orders Strengthened Quarantine on China Border
December 10, 2021

Amid Omicron Worries, North Korea Orders Strengthened Quarantine on China Border

By Lee Chae Un and Seulkee Jang
North Korea is stepping up health surveillance as well as tightening already severe restrictions on cross-border trade.

Why Has North Korea Struggled to Normalize Trade With China?
November 25, 2021

Why Has North Korea Struggled to Normalize Trade With China?

By Troy Stangarone
Since North Korea slammed its borders shut in the initial stage of the pandemic, it has made several motions toward resuming normal trade. None has panned out.
What’s Behind North Korea’s Extreme Vaccine Hesitancy?
October 08, 2021

What’s Behind North Korea’s Extreme Vaccine Hesitancy?

By Thomas Byrne
North Korea is one of the few countries in the world not to have started a COVID-19 vaccine program.

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