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North Korea

11 articles

Did North Korea Kidnap an American Hiker?

When David Sneddon disappeared hiking around western China, officials chalked it up to a drowning. A decade later, it appears he had been kidnapped and taken to North Korea.


My Week in North Korea

Playing tourist in the isolated nation.


Dear Leader Dreams of Sushi

The odyssey of Kim Jong-il’s personal chef.


Welcome to the Hotel of Doom

A visit to the hotel North Korea starved to build, still unfinished after breaking ground in 1987.


How One Man Escaped From a North Korean Prison Camp

There was torture, starvation, betrayals and executions, but to Shin In Geun, Camp 14—a prison for the political enemies of North Korea—was home. Then one day came the chance to flee.


No Ordinary Counterfeit

Alarmingly sophisticated imitations of American currency have turned up all over the world and the false-paper trail leads to North Korea.


Alone In the Dark

On the “horrible weirdness” of Kim Jung Il’s Korea.


North Korea’s Digital Underground

The perilous routes through which information—video footage, secret documents, radio broadcasts—flow in and out of North Korea through its porous borders with China.


North Korea's Dollar Store

Inside Office 39, a state-run counterfeiting operation designed to keep Kim Jong-il flush.