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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Sunday 20th January, 2013
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  Ex-DPRK analyst for inter-Korean affairs and current editor-in-chief of New Focus Jang Jin-sung offers inter-Korean policy advice for president-elect Park Geun-hye and the incoming ROK administ...

Sunday 20th January, 2013
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  Ex-DPRK analyst for inter-Korean affairs and current editor-in-chief of New Focus Jang Jin-sung offers inter-Korean policy advice for president-elect Park Geun-hye and the incoming ROK administ...

Thursday 3rd January, 2013
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Click here for Part 1 of this article. Editor’s note: In this second section, Jang Jin-sung sums up Kim Jong-un’s new year speech and the vision for 2013: first and foremost, this is the y...

Wednesday 2nd January, 2013
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New Focus International’s Editor-in-chief Jang Jin-sung (ex-DPRK poet laureate under Kim Jong-il) unpacks Kim Jong-un’s new year speech. Kim Jong-un’s new year speech has broken a si...

Thursday 20th December, 2012
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To understand the politics behind this bewildering experience, take a look at this article....

Monday 17th December, 2012
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Today, it is one year since Kim Jong-il’s death. Moving back in time, 18 years have passed since Kim Il-sung’s death. Although North Korea has witnessed the deaths of two dictators, nothin...

Tuesday 11th December, 2012
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The incident of Park Jung-suk’s re-defection made headlines not only across the world, but was a shock for many in South Korea’s defector community. Responses to Park’s re-defection ...

Wednesday 5th December, 2012
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New Focus interviews Nishioka, Director of Association for the Rescue of Japanese Kidnapped by North Korea New Focus: Your organisation is famous for turning around the results of Prime Minister Koizu...

Sunday 2nd December, 2012
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Various explanations have been put forward to account for North Korea’s decision to launch another rocket: perhaps it is an attempt to calm internal strife; a way of manipulating the upcoming pr...

Monday 19th November, 2012
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To counter the rising number of attempts to defect from North Korea, the DPRK Ministry of State Security (MSS) is relying increasingly on the so-called psychological sciences in order to filter out po...