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  • “This is the living proof that North Koreans are strongly intent on learning about the outside world.” | Photo: NK News

    NK NEWS BRIEF | July 25, 2014

    On July 15-17, 29 defectors and six SKorean helpers were arrested in Qingdao and Kunming in China. ROK MOFA pledged to make all diplomatic efforts to prevent repatriation. Amongst the d...

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    VIDEO: The Impact of Foreign Media – Joo Yang

    While growing up in North Korea, Joo Yang would listen to foreign broadcasts on an illegal radio with her family. They listened to broadcasts from Voice of America, Radio Free Asia, Far...

  • North Korean men ride in a farmer's wagon in South Hamgyong province. NK has struggled to obtain tractor fuel for more than two decades, and because the country is largely urbanized, there is not much of a rural labor force to pick up the slack. | Photo: David Guttenfelder, AP (Monday, June 16, 2014)

    NK NEWS BRIEF | July 21, 2014

    Rising costs associated with sending children to school and limited professional opportunities in the official state system is leading to a high dropout rate across the country, especia...

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    The Summit Experience

    Summit brought people together from all over the globe to work on one of the greatest issues facing humanity today. Through sessions, labs, and activities, participants had the opportun...

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    Joo Yang on NPR’s Planet Money!

    Our friend Joo Yang was recently featured on NPR's Planet Money to talk about the people-driven changes and bottom-up marketization in North Korea. LiNK's Director of Research & Strateg...

  • An activist holds a South Korean and Chinese national flag during a rally welcoming Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to South Korea. The banner reads ” Welcoming Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit for peace in northeast Asia.” | Photo: Associated Press

    NK NEWS BRIEF | July 4, 2014

    The authorities’ efforts to stop external media from circulating has been relatively effective. Nevertheless, some more fortunate young people continue to evade the stricter regulatio...