Should the Associated Press be registered foreign agents of North Korea?

Lawyer Joshua Stanton: Do U.S. laws require AP register as North Korean foreign agents?  By Nate Thayer December 5, 2015 From the blog of North Korean watcher and former U.S. military JAG officer, lawyer Josh Stanton: see Mr. Stanton’s work where he has walked point on the AP coverage of North Korea since the […]

The AP in North Korea: A Potemkin news bureau? Secret AP deal gives Pyongyang control over news

By Nate Thayer NK News December 24, 2014 According to 14 current and former AP reporters involved in news produced out of the North Korean bureau, as well as the detailed draft agreement signed by AP top management with North Korea, the Pyongyang bureau is the only one in the world where the AP allows: […]

Associated Press Pyongyang “bureau” silenced on top world story from North Korea

The Associated Press should close it’s “bureau” in North Korea as an embarrassment to the principles of the Free Press By Nate Thayer November 11, 2014 It did not go unnoticed that the Associated Press had exactly no reporting today from its Pyongyang “bureau” on the release of two American prisoners held in North Korea, […]

The Case of the Missing Dictator: North Korea flummoxes journalists; world spy agencies

Why did nobody know where Kim Jong Un was last week? When it comes to spy vs spy, North Korea often wins. By Nate Thayer October 14, 2014 The top world story of the boy dictator missing from public view for 40 days captured world headlines. North Korean supremo Kim Jong Un was dead; he […]

AP reports N. Korea “Ice Bucket Challenge”: silent on repression of disabled

AP reports “Ice Bucket Challenge” in North Korea; doesn’t on NK repression of disabled people Viral water dunking campaign for charity staged in Pyongyang by American rappers By Nate Thayer Sept 1, 2014 The Associated Press should be ashamed of themselves for being a willing collaborator in disseminating the state propaganda of North Korea, the world’s […]

Pyongyang Porn: “Some readers may find the book objectionable” @NKNewsorg

Excerpts from Pyongyang Porn “Some readers may find the book objectionable” BY NATE THAYER , AUGUST 23, 2013 For the full story, go to at , the news organization that comprehensively provides quality journalism on all North Korea. Below are excerpts……. Artwork by NK News illustrator Cammy Smithwick   Mhari Yi, who moved to Edinburgh to attend Napier University […]

White Power and Apocalyptic Cults: Pro-DPRK homegrown U.S. terrorist groups are Pyongyang chosen favorites

Pro-DPRK Americans Revealed American homegrown terrorist groups are the chosen favorites of Pyongyang by Nate Thayer , May 6, 2013 NK News Investigative Correspondent (This story appeared in Please check out the excellent NK News Pro news service  launched in May, 2013 providing in depth, quality, comprehensive coverage for those serious about understanding North Korea at […]

Oops….Sorry About that Austin, Texas

Oops….Sorry About that Austin, Texas: An Otherwise Excellent Example of Great Journalism was Also a Tad Off The Korean Central News Agency Friday sent out one of the thousands of meticulously staged propaganda photographs they do each year, this one with a caption which included the description of an “urgent operation meeting on the Korean […]

25 Years of Slam Dunk Diplomacy: Rodman trip and history of U.S.-North Korean basketball diplomacy

25 Years of Slam Dunk Diplomacy: Rodman trip comes after decades of basketball diplomacy between U.S. and North Korea as a central tool in nuclear bomb negotiations by Nate Thayer , March 4, 2013 Published in NK News  NBA bad boy Dennis Rodman’s circus troupe delegation to North Korea was greeted by ridicule by most of […]

What do Kim Il Sung, Hun Sen Have In Common with Animal Pets? They All Obtained Bogus College Degrees

What do Dictators Have In Common with American Animal Pets? Kim Il Sung, Hun Sen, Other Third World Dictators Have Bogus College Degrees  By Nate Thayer After handing over all cameras, passing through metal detectors and patted down by soldiers of the Korean People’s Army checking for explosives and weapons, passing through a purification chamber […]

Has Kim Jong Un Had Plastic Surgery? China Says: No Comment: Pyongyang erupts following reports circulating in Chinese media

Has Kim Jong Un Had Plastic Surgery? China Says: No Comment Pyongyang erupts following reports circulating in Chinese media by Nate Thayer , January 24, 2013 In the wake of North Korean state media Thursday issuing vitriolic objections of the “sordid hackwork of rubbish media” who alleged their young dictator underwent plastic surgery to look […]

Out of 7,000 Internet Readers of This Blog Today, Exactly Zero Came From North Korea and Precisely One From China

Out of 7,000 Internet Readers  of This Blog Today, Exactly Zero Came From North Korea and Precisely One From China A Brief Data Report Addressing the Thousands of Speculative News Stories in Recent Days on the March Towards an IT Revolution by Pyongyang and a Commitment to a Free Press In Beijing By Nate Thayer […]