Politics

Articles focused on the workings of North Korea’s political system.

Monday 1st May, 2017
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Who is Lee Jungrok, and how did he get promoted to Minister of State Security? ...

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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...

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 ...

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...

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...