Monthly Archives: April 2014

Eating boots, dreaming of pork: food security and the budget deficit in 2014

The lean months are coming to the DPRK. From May through August, North Korean farms will be sowing and growing key crops like rice, maize, and soybean while consuming what remains of the harvest from last fall. Although winter and … Continue reading

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A Crude Relationship

Mongolia and the DPRK are continuing to develop their economic relationship in a very crude way. Namely, in the trade of oil and refined petroleum products. In a previous post, we took a brief look at the petroleum-based power plant … Continue reading

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Slow and Steady Wins the Race: pulse of the current DPRK-Russia relationship by Gerard Clare

The relationship between Moscow and Pyongyang underpinned the development of North Korea’s economic and political doctrine during the Cold War – but since the breakup of the Soviet Union, these diplomatic and economic ties have weakened. Nonetheless, Gerard Clare argues, … Continue reading

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Who will buy Kim Il Sung’s bling?

image via coinshome.net The story goes that in 1972, the North Korean state planned to cast a 65-foot tall gold statue of Kim Il Sung to celebrate his 60th birthday. When Pyongyang’s irate economic patrons in Beijing confronted the North … Continue reading

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After Jang Sung-taek: Can North Korea brave the economic tempest?

We may not find out why Jang Sung-taek was so dramatically purged from the upper echelons of power last December until both the regime and the DPRK are safely contained within the pages of history books (or tablets, who knows … Continue reading

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South Korea Goes Ballistic

This post is a slight tangent from our normal content, but an announcement on April 4th caught my eye and I couldn’t resist writing about it. I’ve previously worked on projects dealing with ballistic missiles in East Asia and China’s … Continue reading

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A witness to North Korea’s economic downfall: Swedish diplomat Erik Cornell

In Pyongyang, a new podcast that covers issues related to North Korea engagement, recently aired a three-part interview with Erik Cornell, a Swedish diplomat who opened the Swedish embassy in Pyongyang and served as its inaugural charge d’affairs between 1975 … Continue reading

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