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Tearful North Korean waitresses: Our 'defector' colleagues were tricked - CNN

Pyongyang (CNN) The door opens and seven women walk quietly into the ornate lobby of the Koryo Hotel in Pyongyang. Their faces are expressionless. Most wear little or no makeup, black jackets, and patriotic red lapel pins. What North Korean defections ...and more »

Familiarity Breeds South Korean Indifference to the North's Threats - Radio Free Asia

South Korean activists display banners lampooning North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as police block the launch of anti-North Korea balloons across the border on the birthday of the North's founding leader Kim Il Sung, April 15, 2016. AFP. If you read the ...and more »

The Iran-North Korea Connection - The Diplomat

In late March, South Korean news agency Yonhap revealed that officials from a blacklisted North Korean company, Korea Mining Development Trading Corp., had visited Iran. As the UN Security Council recently tightened sanctions against Pyongyang in ...and more »

How North Korea Gets Around UN Sanctions - The Diplomat

This article was first published at 38 North, a blog of the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins SAIS. It is republished with kind permission. The UN Panel of Experts Established Pursuant to Resolution 1874 has been monitoring and reporting on ...and more »

North Korean Defectors and Propaganda Theater - The Diplomat

When 13 North Korean restaurant workers in China defected to South Korea earlier this month, they instantly became players in a propaganda war that has raged for decades across the 38th parallel. Seoul, usually reticent about individual defections ...and more »

US Army Pacific commander: Cheaper to keep US troops in South Korea - ArmyTimes.com

WASHINGTON — The four-star Army general picked to lead American forces in Korea says it's less expensive to keep U.S. troops stationed in South Korea than in the United States. In testimony Tuesday, Gen. Vincent Brooks tallied up the financial load ...and more »

Who said it: Donald Trump or North Korea? - The Guardian

An official statement from the DPRK or a soundbite from the Republican candidate on the campaign trial? Maeve Shearlaw · @maeveshearlaw. Mon 18 Apr 2016 09.45 EDT Last modified on Fri 9 Feb 2018 14.14 EST. Share on Facebook · Share on Twitter · Share ...and more »

Kim Jong-un bans jeans, piercings in crackdown on Western influence - Washington Times

Kim Jong-un is apparently the squarest tyrant (with the literally-squarest haircut). In an edict straight from a 1950s anti-Elvis cautionary-tale movie (or maybe “Footloose”), the North Korean regime is reportedly expanding its campaign against Western ...and more »

North Korean Cyber Capability Among World's Best, Brooks Says - Bloomberg

North Korea's asymmetric warfare potential is being bolstered by one of the world's best and most organized cyber attack capabilities, according to the Army general nominated to command U.S. forces in South Korea. “This is an area of growth,” Army ...and more »

North Korea bans piercings and Western-style clothing - Telegraph.co.uk

They are already forced to wear regime-approved hairstyles, chosen from a state-sanctioned list of drab cuts. Now North Koreans have been banned from having piercings as part of a crackdown on Western culture in the secretive regime ahead of its annual ...and more »