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38 North is a web journal intended to provide high-quality research, analysis and commentary on a broad range of topics related to North Korea. It draws on experts and academics with a legacy of proven experience and/or exposure to North Korea(ns)--academics, analysts, NGOs, IGOs, former government officials and diplomats, etc.--to help assess what we know about the DPRK at any given time. For the latest analysis from 38 North, visit www.38north.org.

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Research and Analysis

March 8, 2019

Stimson Center's 38 North project, in partnership with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), has created a snapshot of the DPRK's coal industry published on Tearline, the NGA's

March 7, 2019 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

On the eve of the second summit between the top leaders of the US and North Korea in Hanoi, most attention is focused on what might be the concrete substance/steps of North Korea’s denuclearization and the reciprocal measures that the US will offer in return that come out of the summit.

March 6, 2019 | EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

The second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un drew to an early close when the two leaders realized they were nowhere near to be able to sign any agreement.

March 5, 2019 | EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

U.S. President Donald Trump just kicked off his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, Vietnam.

October 26, 2018 | EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was reelected for the third term as the president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on September 20, lengthening his tenure as prime minister until 2021.

September 27, 2018

On July 27, South Korea’s Defense Minister Song Young-moo briefed President Moon Jae-in on “Defense Reform 2.0,” an expansive initiative to restructure and modernize Korea’s defense.

August 7, 2018

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr.  

July 27, 2018

By Yuichiro Kakutani, Research Intern, Japan Program High-level leaders of all but one of the nations that joined North Korea in the defunct Six-Party Talks have met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the last two months. The lone exception: Japan.

July 25, 2018 | EXPERT: Pamela Kennedy

October 8 will mark the 20th anniversary of a declaration between Japan and South Korea to “squarely face the past and develop relations based on mutual understanding and trust.” This month, the foreign ministers of Japan

May 2, 2018 | EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met last Friday for the inter-Korean summit in Panmunjom. It has been 11 years since the last such encounter between leaders of the two countries.

April 13, 2018 | EXPERT: Pamela Kennedy

By Pamela Kennedy

April 3, 2018 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

The visit by the mysterious North Korean visitor on Monday raises wide speculation about what China and North Korea are jointly planning ahead of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s summits with South Korean President Moon in April and with US President Trump in May.

March 21, 2018 | EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

On Thursday, President Donald Trump shocked the world by agreeing to meet Kim Jong-Un in person in Pyongyang, in what would be the first ever face-to-face meeting between a U.S.

January 10, 2018 | EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

In the press conference on January 9, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said her government will not seek the renegotiation of the December 2015 agreement it reached with Japan regarding the comfort women iss

January 9, 2018 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

CGTN's The Heat interviewed Yun Sun on December 14, 2017 on relations between China and South Korea, as President Moon Jae-in visits President Xi Jinping in Beijing.
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