Insights

Wednesday 30th November, 2016
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Despite UN sanctions, China has been reportedly exporting fuel by train from a Dandong military fuel supply centre to North Korea, according to a report by Radio Free Asia. ...

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Tuesday 5th March, 2013
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  The breakdown of North Korea’s Public Distribution System in the mid 90s has led to many changes in the lives of ordinary North Koreans, and these persist today. Fewer people turn up for ...

Sunday 3rd March, 2013
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Working for the Ministry of People’s Security, which is responsible for law and order within North Korea, night patrol teams roam the streets after dark. One of the prime responsibilities of this ni...

Friday 1st March, 2013
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The North Korean elite is commonly defined as including Party and state officials, high ranking officers in the Korean People’s Army, and those who have foreign work experience or have family member...

Wednesday 27th February, 2013
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Hamgyong Province in North Korea is famous for its regionalism. Towards the end of the 1980s, Kim Il-sung ordered for the Central Party to be reduced in membership, because he worried that the members...

Monday 25th February, 2013
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Today was Park Geun-hye’s inauguration day, as she was sworn in as the first female president and 18th president of South Korea. The ceremony and speech were broadcast live throughout the world;...

Sunday 24th February, 2013
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If you have ever driven, you have probably been caught at least once by a speed camera for driving over the speed limit. Speed cameras catch vehicles that violate the speed limit, regardless of the ty...

Friday 22nd February, 2013
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Two anti-American video clips, which appear to praise North Korea’s militaristic ideology, were uploaded in the period leading up to, and following, North Korea’s third nuclear test. Not only do t...

Tuesday 19th February, 2013
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With last month’s visit to North Korea by Google’s chairman Eric Schmidt, there was much media speculation of whether North Korea might open up to the Internet. After his visit, Schmidt is...

Monday 18th February, 2013
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When a case of bribery and corruption arises in South Korea, as it often does, the term ‘apple crate’ is sometimes used to refer to the bribe. An apple crate stuffed with 50,000 won notes is suppo...

Sunday 17th February, 2013
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On the 12th of February, the North Korean regime conducted a nuclear test that is likely to have cost millions of dollars. On that very day, the state newspaper Rodong Sinmun published an article with...