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I was recently interviewed by Radio Free Asia. We discussed about North Korean orphans in Central Europe who migrated after the Korean War (1950-1953). The document is available here.

Three months labor for Choe Son Hui, the North Korea’s first vice minister of foreign affairs

In a recent article of DailyNK.com, we were informed that Choe Son Hui, the adopted daughter of Choe Yong Rim, a former Prime Minister of North Korea, was sent to three months labour service out of Pyongyang. Choe Son Hui is an experienced North Korean diplomat. It is not a surprise, taht she was sent to a Labor Camp. It is a standard mechanism of the North Korean Political System. North Korean senior politicians do have a lot of privileges (including owning luxurious flats in major Chinese cities), but they do also know that they cannot create a circle of politician support.

This English speaking lady was also often involved in North Korean-American affairs.

Her biographical sketch is available here.

Book reviewed – A statistical analysis of the North Korean overseas laborers in Poland during the period 2000-2017: current status and prospects

One of my latest published books entitled A statistical analysis of the North Korean overseas laborers in Poland during the period 2000-2017: current status and prospects was recently reviewed by Larisa Zabrovskaia. The review is available in the journal ПРОБЛЕМЫ ДАЛЬНЕГО ВОСТОКА (Problems of the Far East). Complimentary information is available here.

New Security Agency set up in North Korea

North Korean authorities recently established in July 2020 a new Central Committee agency called the “Organization Administrative Department” that will handle surveillance and “party control” over the country’s legal, security and police agencies. One of its key missions will be the control over the borders of North Korea.

This organization may be similar to the former Central Administration Department of the WPK, which was managed by the deceased Jang Song Thaek.

Its director wll be Kim Jae Ryong, who also acted as former Prime Minister of North Korea. He was replaced by Kim Tok Hun.