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North Korea in a Nutshell
July 20, 2021

North Korea in a Nutshell

By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Kongdan Oh.

South Korea’s Intelligence Agency Confirms North Korean Cyberattacks 
July 09, 2021

South Korea’s Intelligence Agency Confirms North Korean Cyberattacks 

By Mitch Shin
An NIS briefing contained new information on North Korea’s cyberattacks, as well as political developments.
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.

North Korea Holds Huge Military Parade as Kim Vows Nuclear Might
January 15, 2021

North Korea Holds Huge Military Parade as Kim Vows Nuclear Might

By Associated Press
The parade, which included a new submarine-launched ballistic missile, closed out the eight-day Workers' Party congress.

5 Key Takeaways from North Korea’s Party Congress
January 13, 2021

5 Key Takeaways from North Korea’s Party Congress

By Gabriela Bernal
North Korea set an assertive tone for 2021 through its Party Congress.

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 Party Congress Begins With Kim Jong Un’s Confession of Failure on the Economy
January 07, 2021

North Korea Party Congress Begins With Kim Jong Un’s Confession of Failure on the Economy

By Mitch Shin
One of the most important events in North Korea started January 5 as Kim conveyed his messages over the quarantine and economy. 
North Korea’s Biggest Political Event Comes at Fraught Moment
January 06, 2021

North Korea’s Biggest Political Event Comes at Fraught Moment

By Associated Press
The Worker's Party's apex meeting comes after a year of economic pain resulting from COVID-19-induced border closures.

Mired in Crises, North Korea’s Kim to Open Big Party Meeting
December 29, 2020

Mired in Crises, North Korea’s Kim to Open Big Party Meeting

By Hyung-Jin Kim and Kim Tong-Hyung
Kim Jong Un is grappling with the toughest challenges of his nine-year rule as he prepares to host the ruling Workers’ Party congress in January.

North Korea’s Elite Defectors
October 29, 2020

North Korea’s Elite Defectors

By Mitch Shin
Despite its avowedly socialist nature, North Korea is governed by a rigid class system – and not all defectors come from the bottom.

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.
How Far Will North Korea’s Military Adventurism Go?
June 23, 2020

How Far Will North Korea’s Military Adventurism Go?

By Jina Kim
The scope and level of North Korea’s next move will be determined by the extent and type of the benefits it expects.

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