Politics

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

Friday 17th February, 2017
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North Korean ex-ambassador Thae Yongho attended an international conference hosted by the Institute for National Security Strategy (INSS) where he participated in a discussion about security in Northe...

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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...

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 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...

Thursday 14th February, 2013
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After North Korea’s third nuclear test, media coverage of North Korea has been focusing on the reaction of other countries, especially with an eye to security and policy ramifications. Below are...