We have been following the ins and outs of basketball diplomacy with great interest over the last couple of months, but there may be another unifying force at work, leaving fond – if not hazy – memories in the heads of DPRK travelers.
A series of meetings and statements since the successful satellite and nuclear tests suggests that a new ideological line is taking shape in North Korea. We are looking for an appropriate label. “Missiles and Nuclear Weapons First Policy” comes to mind, but it is a little inelegant. We have decided on “Songun Mark 2.0.” At […]
North Korea has been known for its counterfeiting activities for decades. Products ranging from cigarettes to liquor to $100 US bills have been known to make their way out of North Korea. Typically, the counterfeit industry is export oriented. Counterfeiting activities are intended to earn hard currency by smuggling items through China and other nations. […]
You don’t have to follow North Korea blogs to have heard about this, but while the major networks may have scooped us on this one, we make up for it with bad Photoshop (Microsoft Paint to be honest). So apparently Kim Jong Un was in attendance at an epic concert in Pyongyang earlier this month. […]
Last month, we reported on Kim Jong Un’s whirlwind tour of theme parks, zoos, and schools all around North Korea Pyongyang. Well it looks like this story has legs. The folks over at ABC news recently released an article and accompanying video highlighting these trips and other signs of a more relaxed attitude toward western influence in the DPRK. […]
We have emphasized repeatedly that Pyongyang is not North Korea. Visitors there are often struck by signs of affluence, the availability of food in the markets, cell phones, and stylishly-dressed women. And the Chinese love to say that “things are not that bad,” meaning that the country is not in the grip of wholesale famine […]