Mansudae Korea

North Korea & Social Media: The Land of Whispers

At time of writing, social media is buzzing with the *unsourced* story of the illness, possibly death, although maybe not, of Kim Jong Un. Needless to say, I’m skeptical, and most likely by the time you’re...

How the Soleimani strike affects Korea

United States military action against Iran’s General Qasem Soleimani in January 2020 drastically raised tensions in this, already volatile, region of the world. The response from Iran a few days later saw...

Plenum, not proclamation

Traditionally, the New Year is punctuated with a speech from the Chairman of the State Affairs Commission, Kim Jong Un. The speech usually lays out the direction the country plans to head in over the following...

Why the false NHK report and US siren mistake are serious

On the 27th of December at 12:22am local time, the Japanese broadcaster NHK mistakenly ran a newsflash on their website and news app reporting that a missile had launched from North Korea and had landed 2000km...

Central Committee Plenum Looms

In early December, it was reported that the Central Committee of the Worker’s Party of Korea, the highest organ in the party, would hold a plenary meeting before the end of the year. Now post-Christmas, this...

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