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Gyoon Heo
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Why I Decline 'North Korean Defector' Interview Requests

Over the past few years, journalists from all sorts of global media have contacted me to get my ‘defector point of view’ on all things North Korean. And the current inter-Korean drama has been yet another occasion. A famous European TV station crew, flying to South Korea for the Apr.

Haeryun Kang
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North Korea Summit and the Elephant in the Room

Just two days remain before the two Korean heads of state meet by the inter-Korean border. North Korea’s Kim Jong-un recently announced that Pyongyang would “discontinue nuclear testing” and that no ICBMs would be tested after Apr. 21, 2018. Telephone lines were established between Kim and

KOREA EXPOSÉ
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North Korea Summit 101

For those of you who haven’t been following the news, Kim Jong-un has been coming out of the Peninsula. Recently he met China’s Xi Jinping. Next on his platter are the presidents of South Korea and the U.S. Here is our introduction about the basics

Ben Jackson
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'One Nation' Dream: Do Younger South Koreans Want Reunification?

Olympic reconciliation, ongoing North Korea-U.S. hostility, yesterday a South Korean delegation to Pyongyang…. As usual, the Korean Peninsula is keeping observers on their toes. Amid all the intrigue, it’s easy to overlook the 50 million Koreans south of the demilitarized zone. How do they perceive North

Raphael Rashid
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Pyongyang Olympics? Burning Tensions Ahead of Games

South Korea has been hit with a cold snap — the mercury plunging to minus 18 degrees Celsius in Seoul on Jan. 26, and some have been burning papers, not to keep warm, but to condemn North Korea and the South Korean government’s rapprochement efforts ahead of the

Se-Woong Koo
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N. Korea's Olympics Proposal Undermines U.S. Hawks

At a scholarly conference on international politics and security I attended early December in the U.S., many an opinion was proffered on the state of geopolitics in Northeast Asia. But one dominant view, expressed at least privately by a number of scholars, was that the Donald Trump administration is

Eddie Park
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"Don't Speak in Korean": When Koreans Travel to North Korea

Only a few minutes after arriving in Dandong, a Chinese city that borders North Korea, my assumptions about travel to North Korea were abruptly shattered. I was told by a Chinese employee of the tour company that it would not be wise to, while in North Korea, speak Korean or

Haeryun Kang
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If a Nuclear Bomb Falls on Seoul, Where Do You Cook Pork Belly?

“If a nuclear bomb falls on Seoul, where do you cook pork belly?”  How are South Koreans talking about North Korea’s nuclear threats? This is another question we get asked very often. Here’s a rather ingenious take from a South Korean start-up, Geekble.

Yvonne Kim
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Who Are the Agencies Behind North Korea Tourism?

When hundreds of foreign journalists visited Pyongyang in April to cover North Korea’s latest military parade, Otto Warmbier had already been in a coma for about a year. And nobody knew. Earlier this month, Warmbier’s parents received the first update about their son’s condition since Jan. 2016,

Se-Woong Koo
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Prospect of War Prompts Mixed Reactions in South Korea

American missiles rained down on Syria Friday, ostensibly to punish the Damascus-based government for using chemical weapons against its own people. For South Koreans watching the news, the plight of Syrians struck close to home, as fears mount that the Korean Peninsula might be next in line for an American