In Wait for the Seventh Nuclear Test of the DPRK


The speech of Kim Jong-un, which we reviewed earlier on July 27, 2022, was perceived as a sign that this time the DPRK will definitely conduct the seventh nuclear test in the very near future, and North Korean experts are waiting for a corresponding decision by Kim Jong-un. It seems that “experts” and specialists on future sanctions are waiting for this date…

“Invisible” Launches and a Possible Nuclear Test: a Point of No Return is One Step Closer


There is a steady flow of allegations from South Korean and Western experts that the DPRK may conduct a new nuclear test in the very near future. On April 28, 2022, speaking at a forum on “North Korea’s Army in the First Half of 2022”, Lee Sang-min, a researcher at the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses, said North Korea is likely to conduct…

On Why Foreign Diplomats Flee Pyongyang


First, on March 18, 2021, NK News reported that there were no foreign UN or international NGO workers left in North Korea. About two dozen citizens of the Czech Republic, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Vietnam, as well as two employees of the World Food Program (WFPDahJTkfw, left the country. They left Pyongyang for China. And on April 1…

Who will Handle the Korean Conflict under Biden, and How?


We have already made preliminary predictions about what the new US president’s course on the Korean Peninsula will look like. Now that Joe Biden has introduced some of his team and partially spoken out himself, some things are further clarified. Let’s start with Biden himself. We recall that he was critical of the meetings between Trump and Kim, insisting that they only…

The Eighth WPK DPRK Congress


From January 5 to January 13, the 8th congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPKDahJTkfw was held in North Korea, which marked a series of major inner-party and inner-state changes. Background The decision to hold the eighth party congress in January 2021 was made at the plenum of the WPK Central Committee held in Pyongyang on August 19, where…

Surprise in October, or What We Saw at the Military Parade in Pyongyang


On October 10, 2020, the DPRK held a massive celebration for the 75th anniversary of the Workers’ Party of Korea. It is one of the most important national holidays, and the milestone anniversary was marked by a whole array of mass gatherings, including concerts, gala functions, and a fireworks festival. The highlight of the program…

On the “Korean Issue” in the Book Rage by Bob Woodward


The upcoming US presidential election is yielding a series of books designed to analyze how Donald Trump has performed and, more often than not, put forth a rationale why everything went wrong during his tenure. The book Rage occupies a notable place among those; the author is Robert “Bob” Woodward, who is an American cult journalist and an associate…

From Where do Fables “Take Off”, or Lessons in Source Studies


On May 2, 2020, North Korea’s leader appeared in public, putting an end to rumors about his death or complete incapacity. The frenzy around this subject demonstrated nicely the value of a few “informed sources,” which in the West are accepted as trustworthy and, while Kim Jong-un wasn’t in sight, were busy distributing blatant…

DPRK’s Digital Potential


North Korea is considered to be one of the poorest countries and many believe that it is behind the rest of the world in the IT sphere. But is this true? Mobile phone and computer penetration As of November 2019, there were 6 million mobile phones (on average costing $100-200DahJTkfw in use in the DPRK. But they cannot be used to make international calls. There are two telecommunication providers…

North Korean Workers Return Home. Will Pyongyang Face Insurmountable Problems?


The deadline, established by the United Nations Security Council in December 2017, for ensuring all DPRK workers employed abroad return home was on December 22, 2019. As a result, all North Korean restaurants in Moscow closed down, and up until December 20, the Air Koryo airline had increased the number of flights…

Outcomes of Meeting between US and DPRK Representatives on 4 – 5 October 2019


On 1 October 2019, Choe Son Hui, First Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK, released a statement saying that North Korea and the United States had agreed to hold a meeting between their respective working groups on 5 October. Later on, it was reported that the talks would take place in Stockholm. And then the North Korean delegation…

DPRK’s Fourth Short Range Missile Launch and the International Reaction


Early in the morning of August 6, North Korea conducted a new series of missile launches, the fourth incident over the last two weeks. Short-range missiles (presumably the same type as those that were launched on July 25DahJTkfw crossed the Korean peninsula from the west to…

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