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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Saturday 18th August, 2012
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The profound crisis of widespread drug usage in North Korea was recently covered by South Korean press. Soon afterwards, several defectors came forward to say that DPRK’s Central Party officials, th...

Friday 17th August, 2012
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In North Korea, the tragic fate of portrait artist Yoon Jong-ho is well known. Yoon’s downfall was not one man’s tragedy: for many North Koreans, his defiant works had symbolised the humane inner-...

Thursday 16th August, 2012
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The biggest news out of North Korea since Kim Jong-il’s death? It’s not Kim Jong-un’s wife. It’s his uncle and aunt, Jang Sung-taek and Kim Kyong-hui. (See here for Part 1) On one ...

Wednesday 15th August, 2012
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New Focus Exclusive: The city we lived in, Pyongyang, in images (3) In this report, we continue to revisit the city we lived in – its buildings and its inhabitants. We aim to provide a picture o...

Tuesday 14th August, 2012
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New Focus Exclusive: The city we lived in, Pyongyang, in images (2) In this report, we revisit the city we lived in – its buildings and its inhabitants. We aim to provide a picture of life in th...

Monday 13th August, 2012
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“Mr Jang Jin-sung will die an unnatural death”: DPRK responds to our satellite imagery report on Pyongyang with a death threat The DPRK unwittingly verified the accuracy of our “Satellite View o...

Thursday 9th August, 2012
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A North Korean sense of humour Since Kim Jong-un’s recent appointment as Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army, the DPRK has been encouraging all its citizens to refer to Kim by the title ...

Wednesday 8th August, 2012
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The biggest news out of North Korea since Kim Jong-il’s death? It’s not Kim Jong-un’s wife. It’s his aunt.   The biggest news out of North Korea since Kim Jong-il’s death is...

Tuesday 7th August, 2012
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Youthful dictator Kim Jong-un introduces his wife, Ri Sol-ju, to the world (and is photographed in a theme park). A sign of change for North Korea?   An Unprecedented Move Like a lighting bolt in a c...

Monday 6th August, 2012
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In the process of ‘repatriating’ North Korean refugees who manage to cross the Sino-DPRK border, Chinese officers are said to carry out interrogations in order to distinguish between those...