North Korea

Join the Korea Future Initiative and Connect: North Korea on February 22nd at 7pm in New Malden Methodist Church for a screening of ‘The Gift of Love’, a new film by North Korean exile and film director Gim Gyu Min. Following the screening, Mr Gim will join for a Q+A. Screening of ‘The Gift of […]

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North Korea’s Nuclear Program – A New Perspective

by Events Editor 26 January 2019
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SOAS’s Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament Society and North Korean Culture Society host a public meeting offering new perspectives on the North Korean nuclear issue Monday 28 January 2019, 7pm till 9pm (Ending time depends on discussion) Venue: Room G3 | SOAS main building | Thornhaugh Street | Russell Square | London WC1H 0XG Guest Speaker: […]

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Sokeel Park awarded MBE

by Philip Gowman 11 January 2019
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Congratulations to Sokeel Park for being awarded an MBE in the 2019 New Year’s Honours list, published on 28 December. The official citation in the Foreign Secretary’s Diplomatic Service and Overseas List reads: Sokeel John PARK, Country Director, Liberty in North Korea. For services to UK/Korea relations … though you suspect that Mr Park is […]

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Kim Jong Un’s 2019 New Year Address

by Philip Gowman 1 January 2019
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The following is the text of Kim Jong Un’s 2019 New Year Address, sourced from Rodong Sinmun: New Year Address of Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un for 2019 Respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un made the New Year Address for 2019. The full text of the New Year Address reads: Dear people and service personnel […]

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President Moon’s 2019 New Year Message

by Philip Gowman 21 December 2018
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President Moon’s New Year Message for this year was delivered by video hologram. The below is an unofficial transcript: My fellow Koreans, I wish you a happy New Year and good health. Are you surprised? Reflecting my wish to meet each and every one of you personally, I’m sending greetings as a hologram this year. […]

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Korean Peninsula Peace Forum

by Events Editor 9 November 2018
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The situation in the Korean Peninsula has made many headlines in the last couple of years. With North Korea’s all out attempt to attain nuclear and ICBM capabilities in defiance of the international sanctions and pressure campaign led by President Donald Trump and US allies around the world, the situation looked precarious and dangerous. However, […]

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ROK-UK Forum on the peaceful unification of the peninsula

by Events Editor 30 October 2018
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Registration is required for this event. Please email sylviapark at live dot co dot uk if you wish to attend, with details of your Full name Affiliation Contact details including phone number. ROK-UK Peaceful Unification Forum “The Korean Peninsula – Peace Building International Co-operation” Monday 5th November 2018, 2.30 pm to 6.00 pm Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London […]

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[Cambridge] Reflections on the Sunshine Policy and its relevance today

by Events Editor 19 October 2018
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The Republic of Korea and its efforts for a peaceful relationship with its neighbour, the People’s Republic of Korea, has become of huge strategic interest in international politics. This year, it will be just over 25 years since Kim Dae-Jung spent time at Clare Hall, a college in the University of Cambridge as a Visiting […]

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Text of the Pyongyang Joint Declaration

by Philip Gowman 19 September 2018
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The following is the unofficial translation of the communique issued from the Pyongyang summit. President Moon’s statement following the summit can be found on the Blue House website. At the bottom of this post is a link to download a translation of the military accord that was signed at the same time. Pyongyang Joint Declaration […]

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Michael Palin in North Korea on Channel 5

by Events Editor 17 September 2018
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Actor, TV personality and travel writer Michael Palin will be presenting a two-part documentary from the week or so he spent in North Korea earlier this year. He happened to be in the country during the meeting between Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong Un. The first episode screens on Thursday 20 September at 9pm on […]

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The Singapore Summit: the Joint Statement

by Philip Gowman 12 June 2018
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Here is the official text from the Summit: Joint Statement of President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea at the Singapore Summit. President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim […]

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[Croydon] Reality of Juche Korea as seen through posters

by Events Editor 7 June 2018
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Contrasting with an exhibition of North Korean fine art in Central London earlier in June, Croydon is home to an exhibition of DPRK posters at the end of the month, hosted by the combined hospitality of Juche London, KFA International, KFA United Kingdom, Juche Idea Study Group of England and Songun politics: Reality of Juche […]

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Text of the Panmunjeom Declaration

by Philip Gowman 27 April 2018
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I’m wondering why a text as significant as this one is not prominently displayed on the Chongwadae or Ministry of Unification websites. The following is the unofficial translation you can find in the English-language newspapers. If there’s a materially different official version that subsequently comes to light I’ll repost. Update 12 May 2018 – I’ve […]

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Film review: The Propaganda Game

by Philip Gowman 4 April 2018
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The SOAS North Korea Society recently hosted a screening of Álvaro Longoria’s The Propaganda Game. The documentary is not going to tell you anything new about North Korea, its on-location original footage being the product of a fully-chaperoned three-day tour in Pyongyang and the DMZ. What it does do, however, is hinted at in its […]

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Korea Future Initiative publishes #UsToo report on North Korea

by Philip Gowman 11 March 2018
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The #MeToo campaign is generating so much news in South Korea that it could be easy to forget that the same issues exist, to a greater degree, north of the border. Korea Future Initiative is a London-based organisation that rescues vulnerable North Koreans, reports and investigates human rights violations, and provides redress for exiles through […]

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Rory MacLean: Inside the world’s most secretive nation

by Events Editor 10 March 2018
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A follow-up to the British Council exhibition of Nick Danzinger’s photographs, presented in conjunction with the production of The Great Wave at the National Theatre. Inside the world’s most secretive nation Tues 10 April, 6pm – 7pm Clore Learning Centre: Cottesloe Room, National Theatre Tickets £7 (concessions £5) | Buy tickets Rory MacLean travelled to […]

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2018 LSE SU North Korea Forum: Before He Presses the Button

by Events Editor 6 March 2018
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The LSE Students’ Union presents what seems to be turning into an annual one-day conference on matters North Korean: 2018 LSE SU North Korea Forum: Before He Presses the Button 24 March at 9:00–18:00 The London School of Economics and Political Science | Houghton Street | London WC2A 2AE Tickets £15 – £35 | Buy […]

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