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North Korea reforming economy while denying change

On the side streets of Pyongyang, small traders sell vegetables from impromptu stalls. At markets, dealers offer imported household goods - even Coca-Cola - and in state-owned department stores hard…

North Korea’s Nuclear Problem

North Korea’s nuclear problem

    After three underground nuclear tests, there is little doubt left in the minds of nuclear scholars that North Korea has become a full-fledged nuclear weapons state. What makes…

N. Korea Follows Indo-Pakistan

N. Korea follows Indo-Pakistan

America is fuming, South Korea and Japan are terrified, Russia is worried, and China is miffed. North Korea’s podgy pudding-and-pie leader Kim Jong-un has poked them all in the eye.…

Korean Conundrum

Korean conundrum

NORTH Korea’s latest nuclear test last week was greeted with a predictable mixture of scepticism and consternation. The seemingly contradictory responses often emanated from the same sources. On the one…

The Changing Face Of North Korea’s Refugees

The changing face of North Korea’s refugees

Every year, hundreds of North Koreans risk their lives escaping the reclusive nation, but the profile of those braving the dangerous border crossing has changed markedly from the famine-driven refugees…

Inoki Wrestles With North Korea ‘sport Diplomacy’

Inoki wrestles with North Korea ‘sport diplomacy’

A Japanese wrestler-turned-politician hopes his vision of "sports diplomacy" can repair his country's fraught relationship with North Korea, as he prepares to host an extraordinary sporting event in Pyongyang. And…

South Asia Must Not Wait

South Asia must not wait

How can we bring down poverty to zero and then sustain it? This is briefly the question the UNDP’s flagship report of 2014 ‘Sustaining human progress: reducing vulnerability and building…