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 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...

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...