Monday 17th September, 2012
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After the launch of New Focus International, the DPRK regime has posted its first public English language attack against us through its state news agency. The original article can be viewed here. ...

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Friday 14th September, 2012
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For Part 1 of this interview, click here. NF: When North Korean defectors arrive in South Korea, they are usually preoccupied with their own problems and livelihoods. How did you come to help other de...

Thursday 13th September, 2012
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When North Korean defectors make it to South Korea and encounter difficulties with settling in, they do not always turn to the official support systems for help. Many turn instead turn to Kim Yong-hwa...

Wednesday 12th September, 2012
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In January 2002, as Kim Jong-il was making an on-site inspection around Pyongyang, he noticed smoke rising out of a thin chimney that protruded from a basement window below a block of flats. He demand...

Monday 10th September, 2012
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The DPRK prides itself on its ‘self-sufficiency’. As part of this ideological pursuit of North Korean self-sufficiency, they prohibit the direct use of imported goods. Even the smallest im...

Friday 7th September, 2012
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Road and traffic signs are a compact and visual means of conveying simple messages, and are universally understood. North Korea’s road and traffic signs can also generally be understood by outsi...

Thursday 6th September, 2012
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Hoeryong is a center for human trafficking in North Korea. The district is in the northernmost part of North Korea and is home to the first ever border-region market that has been officially sanctione...

Wednesday 5th September, 2012
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‘Gurupa’ is the North Korean pronunciation of the English word ‘group’ and refers to a shady and officially sanctioned policing organisation which monitors anti-socialist behaviour. Th...

Thursday 30th August, 2012
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North Korea’s isolation kept the regime stable, but now information is flowing in and out The dictatorship of Kim Jong-il has passed onto Kim Jong-un. But it is not likely to survive to a fourth...

Monday 27th August, 2012
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In North Korea, leading a comfortable life without an obvious and apparent means of livelihood leaves one vulnerable to prosecution on the grounds of ‘disrupting the ideal Socialist balance of produ...