North Korea

Kimsuky or New Adventures of “North Korean Hackers”

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There is a lot of writing about North Korean hackers, and every six months or a year the author makes a kind of summary, pointing out how the stories about the Pyongyang trail have become a self-replicating myth, and the expression “Hackers believed to be linked to North Korea” – a proof. Moreover, spring-summer 2021 turned out to be rich in high-profile events in this area…

The DPRK and the United States in the Summer of 2021

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On June 18, 2021, speaking at the plenum of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, Kim Jong-un analyzed in detail the political trend of the new US administration’s relations with the DPRK. He explained the relevant strategic and tactical countermeasures and courses of action to maintain relations with the US in the coming days…

North Korea and “Human Trafficking”

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On July 1, 2021, the US State Department accused Russia of being “actively complicit” in the forced exploitation of North Korean workers and included it in a list of 11 countries where authorities violate the accepted anti-trafficking norms. It was alleged that in 2020 the Russian Federation issued almost 3,000 new tourist and student visas to North Koreans in 2020…

Spring History Lesson 2020

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A little over a year ago, DPRK leader Kim Jong-un was at the top of search engines thanks to rumors of his death. He even skipped an annual visit to the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun on April 15 to mark the 108th anniversary since the birth of Kim Il-sung, which gave rise to rumors of a particular sort. On April 20, 2020, news outlet CNN reported that DPRK leader Kim Jong-un was possibly “in grave danger after undergoing…

Is the DPRK Facing a New “Arduous March”?

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In mid-April 2021, not only anti-Pyongyang propaganda, but also the relatively neutral media were seriously concerned about the collapse of the DPRK’s economic system and imminent famine. The formal basis for this was the following statement by Kim Jong-un: “I have decided that all Party organizations, beginning with the Central Committee…

North Korea’s Missile Launches at the End of March 2021

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At the end of March 2021, North Korea launched a series of short-range missiles. Some were quick to describe the move as yet another start to escalation in tensions on the Korean Peninsula. At first, the DPRK test fired anti-ship cruise missiles on March 20 or 21. It was the first projectile launch since April 14, 2020, when North Korea fired missiles from both the ground and fighter jets…

On Malaysia and the DPRK Breaking of Diplomatic Relations

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On March 19, 2021, the DPRK announced a complete break in diplomatic relations with Malaysia, accusing Kuala Lumpur of illegally extraditing a North Korean citizen to US authorities. The DPRK Foreign Ministry said in a statement published by the KCNA news agency that “Malaysian authorities committed an unpardonable crime…

To What Extent does the Testimony given by DPRK Defectors Represent a Credible Source?

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On February 21, 2021, South Korean media outlets reported that four North Korean defectors plan to sue Unification Minister Lee In-young for defamation over his recent remarks casting doubt over what defectors say about the North’s human rights situation. The matter is that on February 3, Lee said during…

An Unpleasant Reminder of the US Defeat

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On February 25, 2021, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ordered North Korea to pay 2.3 billion USD in compensation for damages to the crew of the USS Pueblo, which was hijacked in 1968. The American side claims that a marine research vessel was seized that was in international waters at the time of the incident. One of the 83 crew…

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

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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 Struggle for Human Rights in the DPRK“ in 2020

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The year 2020 was formally rich in events related to exposing the DPRK from the perspective of human rights. As early as January 15, 2020. Human Rights Watch has called on the ROK government to assess the human rights situation in North Korea: although “North Korea remains one of the most repressive countries in the world,” President Moon Jae-in’s administration has…

DPRK’s Battle against Novel Coronavirus

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Earlier, the author wrote an article about North Korea’s battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, whose spread within the nation was halted owing to its strict and unprecedented in nature public health measures. By the end of 2020, this topic has become even more politicized because a totalitarian regime is not meant to show better outcomes than those of democratic nations…


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