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From politics to economics, from leadership succession to the introduction of fast food restaurants, there is a lot going on inside North Korea.

All That Glitters Is Not Gold: A Closer Look at North Korea’s Ullim Tablet

All That Glitters Is Not Gold: A Closer Look at North Korea’s Ullim Tablet

Computer security researchers analyzing a North Korean tablet computer have discovered a level of surveillance and control not previously seen inside electronics from the DPRK. If used across all tablets and smartphones, the system could significantly impact the ability of activists to send digital information into North Korea that can be viewed [...]

Has Kim Won Hong Sung His Swan Song?

Has Kim Won Hong Sung His Swan Song?

Kim Won Hong performs a duet of “Fascination and Admiration” with his wife during a 2012 concert to mark International Women’s Day (Photo: KCTV/NK Leadership Watch) South Korea’s Ministry of Unification (MOU) recently announced that General Kim Won Hong was dismissed from his position as North Korea’s Minister of State Security [...]

Foreign Media into North Korea: Finding Synergy Between Pop Culture and Tailored Content

Foreign Media into North Korea: Finding Synergy Between Pop Culture and Tailored Content

Foreign radio broadcasting into North Korea has reached a turning point as technological developments, the inflow of inexpensive Chinese media devices, and thriving markets transform the nation’s media landscape. North Koreans’ methods of accessing external information have expanded from radio and television broadcasts to DVD and MP3 players, [...]

Under New Management: Shifts in North Korea’s Foreign Ministry and Nuclear Communications

Under New Management: Shifts in North Korea’s Foreign Ministry and Nuclear Communications

With rampant speculation about North Korea conducting another nuclear test in the near future, it is important to examine not only the technical aspects of the September test, but how it was communicated to the North’s allies—China and Russia. As such, it appears that key North Korean officials were dispatched just days before the test, who [...]

Now Streaming: Intranet Protocol TV Service Arrives in North Korea

Now Streaming: Intranet Protocol TV Service Arrives in North Korea

TV viewers in North Korea are no longer tied to watching shows at the time they air. The country has begun an "Intranet" Protocol Television (IPTV) service providing access to live and catch-up TV, according to a report carried by Korean Central Television on Tuesday, August 16. The IPTV service demonstrates greater media accessibility to the [...]

Deciphering North Korean Economic Policy Intentions

Deciphering North Korean Economic Policy Intentions

The question of whether or not North Korea might openly pursue economic reform has been a focus of expert discussions for years. According to optimists, the DPRK’s masters could transform, or even “conventionalize,” the “Stalinist state” to become a “normal” country—if they retained power long enough to achieve reform and [...]

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Credit for photo of young North Korean girl: T.M. All rights reserved, used with permission.