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Kim Jong Un Reappears to Open Fertilizer Plant After Rumor-Heavy Absence
May 04, 2020

Kim Jong Un Reappears to Open Fertilizer Plant After Rumor-Heavy Absence

By Ankit Panda
Kim opened the Sunchon Phosphate Fertilizer Plant — a facility he had drawn attention to months earlier.

South Korea Downplays Concerns Over Kim Jong Un’s Health
April 22, 2020

South Korea Downplays Concerns Over Kim Jong Un’s Health

By Associated Press
Officials in Seoul sounded caution over unverified reports of Kim Jong Un suffering health complications.
North Korea Announces Ruling Party Plenary Meeting for Late December 2019
December 04, 2019

North Korea Announces Ruling Party Plenary Meeting for Late December 2019

By Ankit Panda
The plenary meeting may coincide with a major policy decision by Kim Jong Un on diplomacy with the United States.

Kim Jong Un’s Horseback Stunt Is No Laughing Matter
October 17, 2019

Kim Jong Un’s Horseback Stunt Is No Laughing Matter

By Ankit Panda
Kim Jong Un's latest photo-op might inspire laughs, but it's an important sign.

The New Face in North Korea-US Diplomacy
August 03, 2019

The New Face in North Korea-US Diplomacy

By Rongjie Lin
Choe Son Hui has enjoyed a rapid rise from the North Korean Department of Foreign Affairs to the State Affairs Commission.

The Trump-Kim Summit, North Korea's 'New Strategic Line,' and Pompeo's 'Bold Approach' 2.0
May 23, 2018

The Trump-Kim Summit, North Korea's 'New Strategic Line,' and Pompeo's 'Bold Approach' 2.0

By Ankit Panda
The United States is right that North Korea seeks economic betterment, but misses the mark on how it seeks this goal.

The Chinese Dream in Peril: Xi Jinping and the Korean Crisis
October 07, 2017

The Chinese Dream in Peril: Xi Jinping and the Korean Crisis

By Anthony Miller
Beijing has a vested interest in the status quo -- not in the Kim dynasty.
Number of Elite North Korean Defectors on the Rise
August 19, 2016

Number of Elite North Korean Defectors on the Rise

By Kim Tae-woo
What changing patterns of defections tell us about life under the Kim Jong-un regime.

North Korea Party Congress: Much Ado About Nothing
May 10, 2016

North Korea Party Congress: Much Ado About Nothing

By Bruce Klingner
Very little came out of the rarely-convened Party Congress last week.

Another Purge in North Korea?
February 12, 2016

Another Purge in North Korea?

By John Power
South Korean media claims Kim Jong-un has executed the army’s chief of the General Staff.

North Korea's Nuclear Test, Satellite Launch, and Byungjin
February 10, 2016

North Korea's Nuclear Test, Satellite Launch, and Byungjin

By Ankit Panda
Is North Korea's recent spate of provocation leading up to a pivot toward economic reform?
4 Myths About North Korea
January 12, 2016

4 Myths About North Korea

By Dingding Chen
In order to successfully approach North Korea, steer clear of these unhelpful myths.

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