Politics

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

Thursday 2nd March, 2017
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In Part 1 of this analysis, it was established that neither the National Defence Commission nor the Renaissance General Bureau could have killed Kim Jong Nam. Could it have been the Operations Depart...

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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...

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...