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Full Comment on the North Korean Execution Rumours

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Kim Jong-un / North Korea / North Korean border region
KJU machine gun hands

Adam Taylor at the Washington Post was kind enough to get in touch with me for a piece he wrote about some recent and rather grisly execution rumors stemming from new satellite imagery as interpreted by Joe Bermudez and the folks at the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK). A lightly modified version of my full response follows: I think it’s an awful lot to read into what is, at the end of the […]

Hungry Soldiers, Bloodshed on the Tumen: Sources [Updated]

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Borderlands / Sino-North Korean relations

[Update: An much-expanded version of this post, including a full translation of a Chinese editorial about the matter, was published yesterday at Sino-NK.] On the morning of 27 December, a North Korean soldier reportedly left his post in North Hamgyong province, walked across the frozen Tumen river into a small village in the PRC’s Helong county, and proceeded to shoot and kill four civilians before being wounded and apprehended by Chinese border guards. If you haven’t been […]

Inside North Korea: French Edition

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EU-East Asia relations / French / history and memory / Korean War / North Korea / North Korean border region

I found this French film, apparently shot in spring 2010, to be better than most treatments of the North Korean tourist experience.  Among other things, a young North Korean “rapper” is encountered in an amusement park (at 12:31), North Korean rallies are accompanied by music by Philip Glass, and the piece benefits from the use of some selected extracts from North Korean film archives. In Part II, one gets a sense of how French tourists […]