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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Friday 24th May, 2013
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Leave no suggestions in the suggestions box! In South Korea, every public and commercial building has a customer suggestions box. They are visible in all public spaces and in taxis, too. There are eve...

Wednesday 22nd May, 2013
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Amid North Korea’s apparent efforts at preventing defections and orchestrating re-defections, we have learned that Moon Hyeok-Chul (aged 52) is the latest defector to have gone missing under sus...

Tuesday 21st May, 2013
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DPRK overseas missions tasked with preparations for "Victory Day" celebrations...

Monday 20th May, 2013
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Despite increased propaganda coverage, there exists citizens who grow tired of the cult of Kim...

Thursday 9th May, 2013
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Ri Kyong-sim is the hero of North Korea's "Grade 1 War-Readiness State"...

Monday 8th April, 2013
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In this guest piece, Nicolas Levi examines the background of Ro Song Sil and the Korean Democratic Women’s Union headed by her. If we are to engage within the framework of the North Korean state...

Sunday 31st March, 2013
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A little-known secret about the Kims, North Korea’s ruling family, has been disclosed to New Focus by one of our trusted correspondents deep within the regime. We are as wary of numerology as you ma...

Friday 29th March, 2013
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Ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman and some of the Harlem Globetrotters visited North Korea between February 26th and March 1st. One of the Americans who was on the trip with Rodman approached us about another...

Monday 18th March, 2013
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A new song entitled ‘The Glory of Life’ was published in the front page of today’s edition of the North Korean state newspaper, Rodong Sinmun. In North Korea, only compositions that ...

Saturday 16th March, 2013
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On March 4th, Kim Jong-hoon, North Korea’s incoming Minister for Future Creation Science, declared his voluntary resignation from the post he was to have taken up. In North Korea, however, there...