North Korea

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…

On the Development of DPRK’s Nuclear Capabilities

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Having recently reported on the development of the nuclear missile arsenal possessed by DPRK the author would like to touch upon the capabilities that North Korea has regarding weapons of mass destruction. Number of nuclear warheads According to a report from the US Army Training and Doctrine Command, North Korea has from 20 to 60…

North Korean Hackers or Not?

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The next text about North Korean hackers is provoked by three incidents. On July 24, 2020, the US Army released a guide regarding the Korean People’s Army, describing what to expect from North Korea as an enemy.  Hackers were “placed full-time,” and it turned out that North Korea may have more than 6,000 cyber fighters working on its behalf abroad, including India and China. First of all, these are…

Development of North Korea’s Missile Program and Prospects for New Tests

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As a result of the article about the military parade in Pyongyang, the author has received several requests to explain in more detail what North Korea’s missile development program is at the present stage. In this context, it should be noted that North Korea is actively developing its program. Mike Pompeo was right when he said that this project…

Relations between China and DPRK in Summer-Autumn 2020

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At a time when the confrontation between the United States and China is ongoing, and the nations on the Korean Peninsula are in the process of choosing whose side to take in the approaching conflict, DPRK’s stance appears to be more certain, as evidenced by its political and economic ties during the period in question. Let us start…


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