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North Korean Women ‘Rented’ to China for Work Disappear From Shanghai Dorm, Presumed Defected: Report
Twenty North Korean women working for a clothing company in Shanghai have reportedly vanished from their dormitory along with their manager in February – a case kept very quiet by both Chinese and North Korean...
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North Korea Signals Potential Restart of Missile and Nuclear Tests
North Korea has indicated that it is considering restarting long-range and nuclear weapons tests. According to Pyongyang, the tests will be conducted to prepare the country for “confrontation” with the United States.  Pyongyang had paused...
A man at a railway station in Seoul walks past a television screen showing a news broadcast with footage of a North Korean missile test on Jan. 11, 2022.
North Korea Tests 3rd ‘Hypersonic’ Missile, Applauds ‘Superior Maneuverability’
On Jan. 11, North Korea reportedly tested a third ballistic missile that is believed to be more capable than the missile it tested a week earlier. The launches come after dictator Kim Jong-Un’s New Year...
North Korean army soldiers wearing masks look at the South side of the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea.
Insubordination Trend Rising in North Korean Military
North Korea is a totalitarian dictatorship ruled by a strong military establishment. Consequently, the loyalty of military personnel is a key factor that sustains the authoritarian regime. The regime’s top leaders are worried about the...
A Chinese firefighter wears a protective suit and carries a disinfection hose during a training session for the upcoming Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.
Blaming ‘Hostile Forces’, North Korea Says It Won’t Send an Olympic Team to Beijing
The North Korean regime is sitting out the 2022 Winter Olympics held in Beijing next month, citing condemnation of its ally China by "hostile forces" and the COVID-19 pandemic as reasons for its non-attendance. Pyongyang...
North Korea reportedly fired a missile that splashed down near Japan's exclusive economic zone.
North Korea Fires Short-Range Missile Into Sea Near Japan
On Sept. 28, North Korea launched a short-range missile into the Sea of Japan. This was the third missile launch conducted by Pyongyang this month. The missile was initially detected by the South Korean military...
In Tit-for-Tat, Both North and South Korea Test-Fire Ballistic Missiles as Tensions Rise on the Peninsula
On Wednesday Sept. 15 North Korea launched two ballistic missiles into the waters off its eastern coast. A few hours later, South Korea announced that it had successfully test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile. The two...
In North Korea, Desperate and Hungry Citizens Kidnap Two Children of Well-off Families, Demand Ransom
Worsening economic conditions in the isolated country of North Korea has inspired some desperate citizens to kidnap at least two children, in separate incidents, in an attempt to extract ransom money from families who are...
North Korean Nuclear Reactor Shows ‘Deeply Troubling’ Signs of Renewed Activity
Satellite imagery has revealed that a nuclear reactor located in North Korea — widely believed to be capable of producing weapons-grade plutonium for nuclear weapons — is showing “deeply troubling” signs of renewed activity.  The...
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North Korea Is Trying to Build a Border Wall With China, But Can’t Get It Finished
Despite being generally aligned with Communist China, North Korea has long tried to keep its citizens from venturing across the countries’ shared border for work and opportunities to defect to South Korea.  To retain more...
North Korea registered its worst economic performance Under Kim Jong Un's leadership last year.
People Starving in North Korea, Economy Shrinks 4.5% As Country Faces Food and Essentials Shortages
North Korea’s economy saw the biggest contraction in over three decades according to figures released by South Korea’s central bank, the Bank of Korea (BOK). The Kim Jong Un region slumped back by 4.5 percent...
North Korea is apparently set to receive 2 million coronavirus vaccines from the World Health Organization (WHO) under the agency’s COVAX program, which is aimed at helping underprivileged nations access vaccines.
North Korea Will Receive Millions of COVID-19 Vaccines Despite Reporting ‘Zero’ Infections
North Korea is set to receive 2 million coronavirus vaccines from the World Health Organization (WHO) under the agency’s COVAX program to help underprivileged nations access vaccines. However, Pyongyang has consistently claimed to have no...