New German Ambassador in Pyongyang

[Updated on 4 January 2018; Schäfer is still in Pyongyang, as reported by Süddeutscher Zeitung.] On August 14, 2013, in Pyongyang, the 85-year-old leader Kim Yong-nam, himself only two weeks removed from a recent trip to Tehran, welcomed Thomas Schäfer as the new Ambassador from Berlin.  As reported on Nordkorea-info, the essential German-language website for North Korean studies, Schäfer is back in Pyongyang after a short stint in … Continue reading New German Ambassador in Pyongyang

Im Dienst des Diktators: English Translation [3]

Chapter 4 of North Korean defector Kim Jong Ryul’s memoir is entitled “Im Wunderbare DDR [In the Marvelous German Democratic Republic],” and is probably in fact the most fascinating chapter in the book.  Continuing now with the translation from Im Dienst des Diktators (previous episodes can be accessed here): Chapter 4 “In the Marvelous German Democratic Republic” Shrill and loud, the merchant on the train … Continue reading Im Dienst des Diktators: English Translation [3]

New German Memoir by KPA Colonel-Defector: Exclusive Translation of Author Interview

Mike Madden at North Korea Leadership Watch, the premiere web resource for Pyongyang court politics, today conveys news of a new memoir which has appeared: Kim Jong-ryul, a former KPA [Korean People’s Army] Colonel and employee of Kim Il-sung’s secretariat (and perhaps KJI’s Personal Secretariat), has told his story to two Austrian journalists and released a memoir in German Im Dienst des Diktators: Leben und … Continue reading New German Memoir by KPA Colonel-Defector: Exclusive Translation of Author Interview