North Korea

North Korea: The state versus the people
North Korea: The state versus the people
In a crackdown on private enterprises, the North Korean state officially banned the sale of rice and corn in the market in early 2023 and restricted sales of these staples to…
Japan and South Korea: a logical but uneasy alignment
Japan and South Korea: a logical but uneasy alignment
This month, Japan and South Korea struck a deal on the compensation of Korean labour imposed by the Japanese empire during Tokyo’s 1910–45 rule over the Korean Peninsula. The…
Why do we travel to unsettling places?
Why do we travel to unsettling places?
When visiting the demilitarised zone between the Koreas, there is the option to have your own North Korean defector as a tour guide. Tasteless? Or a good way to find employment…
North Korea remains a hermit even as food runs short
North Korea remains a hermit even as food runs short
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is urging stronger efforts to improve the country’s escalating food crisis, while showing no interest in accepting external aid. Instead, the…
Why North Korea is denying its involvement in Russia’s war in Ukraine
Why North Korea is denying its involvement in Russia’s war in Ukraine
In a case of history repeating itself, the Korean War is set to be revived. Not on the Korean Peninsula but in Eastern Europe. Both North Korea and South Korea are currently…
With caution and tact: How Asian countries voted on Ukraine at the UN 
With caution and tact: How Asian countries voted on Ukraine at the UN 
On 26 February last year, a few days after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations issued a statement expressing “concern’’ over the “evolving…
“If the problem becomes more serious”: South Korea talks going nuclear
“If the problem becomes more serious”: South Korea talks going nuclear
The political and security environment on the Korean Peninsula has changed dramatically over the past year, with tensions reaching new levels because of continuous confrontations…
The Korean Peninsula: Why 2023 will not be like 2017
The Korean Peninsula: Why 2023 will not be like 2017
The year has already started with some bad news for the South Korean armed forces. It was confirmed last week that a North Korean drone not only intruded South Korean airspace…
North Korea’s “Take Your Daughter to Work Day” goes ballistic
North Korea’s “Take Your Daughter to Work Day” goes ballistic
On 18 November, Kim Jong-un introduced his daughter, Ju-ae – most likely the very child that basketball player Dennis Rodman mentioned having met during his 2013 trip to North…
All in the family: North Korea’s means of nuclear survivability
All in the family: North Korea’s means of nuclear survivability
The photos of North Korea’s Kim Jong-un standing hand-in-hand with a girl, reported to be the first public sighting of his daughter Kim Ju-ae, watching the launch of the…