Through Frosted Glass: Zhang Liangui on China’s DPRK Intel and the Purge of Jang Song-taek

By | March 29, 2014

In the second part of an extensive interview, Zhang Liangui discusses the DPRK leadership, the North Korean domestic political landscape, and the genealogical roots of the Kim dynasty. Emile Dirks translates.

“Tag X” and the German Leg of the Park-Kim Summit Question

By | March 27, 2014

Leveraging her strong public image overseas, President Park Geun-hye is currently in Europe. She gave a well-received address to the Nuclear Security Summit in the Netherlands, and then moved on to Germany. In the midst of a packed German agenda, she gave this interview to journalist Philipp Abresch.

The Cultural Revolution in Pyongyang and Yanbian: Interview with Zhang Liangui

By | March 19, 2014

In an interview with Consensus Online, a leading Chinese voice on North Korea, Zhang Liangui, describes his youthful experiences in Pyongyang in the 1960s, the Cultural Revolution, and why he cannot go back. Emile Dirks translates.

#Shigak | #시각 no. 03: Cases of Sedition and Espionage and the Repatriation of Defectors

By | March 18, 2014

This issue of # 시각 (shigak) pulls together annotated tweets on several high profile issues in or related to South Korea including the Lee Seok-ki sedition case, the Yu U-song spy trial, and the repatriation of North Korean defectors to South Korea from Canada.

Yongusil 29: In Pyongyang with Erik Cornell

By | March 18, 2014

Looking behind around and behind much of the sound and fury of current analysis of North Korea, In Pyongyang presents the first of a vital series of recorded interviews with more long term and considered engagers of North Korea. The first features Sweden’s initial Charge d’Affaires to Pyongyang, and author Erik Cornell.

Tongsin | 통신 no. 03

By | March 14, 2014

The latest Tongsin | 통신 for February 2014 examines the North Korean narrative surrounding the US-ROK war games, which positions the North as a cooperative actor seeking engagement and stability in the face of destructive “confrontation rackets” in the South.

North Korean Missiles and Chinese Passenger Aircraft

By | March 12, 2014

A North Korean missile narrowly misses a Chinese passenger jet and an open rift is revealed. Read the full translation and analysis of PLA General Wang Hongguang’s op-ed, all by Sino-NK’s chief editor.