A collection of links to sites related to the DPRK (North Korea), updated from time to time. Comments or suggestions can be made to: . A short note about this personal page: I started collecting links on North Korea in about 2002 out of personal interest. This collection of links has gradually expanded over time into this page.
Last Update - 3 June 2007 - Pruned out most of the dead links.
Sites marked with this star are recommended as particularly useful or very interesting to visit .
The Korea Times (Hankook Ilbo), an independent English-language paper from South Korea. Click on 'North Korea Today' under the Nation tab to see an archive of articles on the DPRK.
Seoul-based English language daily newspaper.
South Korean newspaper published in English.
South Korean newspaper in English.
The view from Pusan.
Daily from Seoul.
In Korean only.
The Washington Post Online's section on North Korea. Search recent news from the wires. Registration required.
French language with several long articles, book reviews and a map.
Selected articles from Australian newspaper, The Age, on North Korea.
Detailed profile of the country from Jim Lehrer's The NewsHour. There is a map, a historical overview, information about the DMZ, information on relations with the U.S., information about the nuclear program and biographies of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. Another section features A Short History of the United States-North Korea Conflict. Go here for links to other NewsHour stories.
This is the website for a 53 minute PBS documentary on Kim Jong Il from 2003, which has been broken into six parts. I recommend it for some interesting footage of North Korea. However, on the whole, it's not enormously revealing about North Korea because it's mostly a presentation of US/North Korean relations and the perspective and attitudes of various members of the American administration under Clinton and Bush and a snapshot of the situation in 2003. The interviewees are Ashton Carter, James Lilley, Charles Kartman, Robert Gallucci, William Perry, Donald Gregg, Stephen Bosworth, John McCain, Kenneth Quinones, Madeleine Albright, Wendy Sherman, Richard Perle, Thomas Hubbard and Lim Dong Won.
Part of the website for KBS (Korean Broadcasting System), the state-owned Southern Korean television and radio broadcaster. Their site features articles in several languages and streaming radio broadcasts. There is a section devoted to Inter-Korea matters.
Special report on the two Koreas on the 50th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War.
Reportage about the talks between Kim Dae-Jung and Kim Jong Il.
Special report focussing on the nuclear issue.
Another CNN special report. This time it's on the 50th anniversary of the Korean War armistice.
A special report about North Korean missile tests, nuclear development and the six-nation talks.
Asia regional news from ABC Radio and Television.
Links to TV and radio stations in South Korea as well as headline news.
Broadcast February 12, 2004.
Article about numbers broadcasts from North Korea with audio links.
German language info about Radio Pyongyang.
An e-journal about East-Asia from CSIS with some very good articles about North Korean/South Korean relations. "Pacific Forum CSIS is a non-profit, private, foreign policy research institute that operates as the Asia Pacific arm of the Center for Strategic and International Studies of Washington, D.C."
An up-to-date publication from Hong Kong with excellent original content and links to other news.
An archive of long-time North Korea observer Aidan Foster-Carter's insightful series of articles about northern affairs. Aidan Foster-Carter's personal site used to found be found here but was offline as of mid-2007.
DRPK-related news from the United Nations.
A good site with DPRK news and information.
This useful site from the Stanley Foundation summarising reporting on North Korea from press sources around the globe.
Interesting articles and links about Korea although some links are long out of date.
Does not deal exclusively with North Korea but the site is a good resource on the Asian region.
Korean issues and news.
Up to date perspectives on news from the Nautilus Institute.
DPRK from a Canadian perspective. A good news source.
Links to pages entitled 'People', 'Education', 'Languages' and so on all seem to contain general background information about the Korean peninsula and South Korea rather than specific details about the North. There are also some brief facts, a few pictures and some links, including a story about underground churches.
From about.com, a guide to NK issues by Keith Porter.
Primarily a collection of links to DPRK related material.
Links to news stories.
Extensive archives of American articles about North Korea.
A large portal site with links to news on North Korea.
North Korean news portal.
North Korean news links.
Links to news stories on North Korea.
News site with links. Unclear what its connection with North Korea is.
Article about anti-Korean backlash in Japan.
The abductee issue between Japan and North Korea.
Article from the Rand Corporation, a conservative US research institute.
Interesting article by Gavan McCormack from the November-December 2002 edition.
January 2003 cover story by Romesh Ratnesar on the nuclear issue, written against the backdrop of war in Iraq. Pay per view. There is also a free article entitled Why the U.S. Changed its North Korea Stance and an article from November 2002 entitled Northern Exposure by Donald Macintyre where he talks about cracks appearing in the North Korean regime.
Who's who in the North Korean junta with some historical background. January 2003.
Critical piece on Kim Jong Il from Time Asia by Nicholas Eberstadt. January 2003.
Time Online. January 2003.
Maria Tomchik writes in Counterpunch about the origins of the nuclear standoff and U.S. policy. January 2003.
Does not appear to be available anymore. An interesting article from The Korea Times about Yongbyon, the site at the centre the nuclear standoff. 6 January 2003.
Seymour M. Hersh in the New Yorker on the US administrations knowledge of links between Pakistan and North Korea. 20 January 2003.
Another piece from Counterpunch by Wayne Madsen on the nefarious connections between George Bush, the 'Axis of Evil' and Reverend Sun Myung Moon, owner of The Washington Times. January 2003.
Report from the Guardian about conditions in Pyongyang. February 2003.
Article from Foreign Affairs magazine. March 2003.
Highly condensed version of a very good article by Gavan McCormack, Professor of Pacific and Asian History at the Australian National University in Eureka Street. March 2003.
Washington Post article by Richard C. Paddock and Barbara Demick. May 2003.
ZNet Article by Christine Ahn. July 2003.
Peter Zhang discusses the failure of recent economic reforms in North Korea - August 2004.
Far Eastern Economic Review article about Sgt. Charles Robert Jenkins, who spent nearly 40 years in North Korea - Jeremy Kirk - September 2004.
Interesting article by LA Times journalist about difficulties in reporting on North Korea - Barbara Demick - Fall 2004.
Foreign Affairs magazine - Selig S. Harrison - January/February 2005.
An article by the Professor of East Asian Political Economy at the University of Vienna on South Korea's regional role - Ruediger Frank - April 2005.
Newsweek International Edition - Christian Caryl and B. J. Lee - May 2005.
From Japan, the state-run news outlet. Someone has created a very handy database of their news stories called NK News.
Detailed resources from the DPRK, although it is unclear exactly who is running this site.
An ostensibly 'official' site created by the Spain-based Korean Friendship Association [Wikipedia link], an association presided over by Alejandro Cao de Benos. Hence, it is not at all the website of the North Korean Government, despite what the BBC might think (see their related internet links in the right-hand column). See this Slate review of the site and an interview with Alejandro Cao de Benos.
DPRK news and information with a certain pro-DPRK slant. They have a copy of the Armitage Report entitled "A Comprehensive Approach to North Korea" from March 1999. In the report, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage suggests that preemptive action against North Korea by the United States may ultimately be necessary.
Dealing with reunification. In Korean.
All about the Juche idea.
Historical and biographical information and the Juche philosophy.
Korean National Economic Development Association.
Pro DPRK site based in the UK.
Pro DPRK site from Germany in English.
Chinese D.P.R.K web-site (Chinese language).
Collection of propaganda images. (Archived version).
"By the Korean Nation Itself". Whatever that means.
Unofficial supporters of the North Korean Government.
The South Korean Foreign Affairs Ministry
The Korean government's official homepage. It is divided into sections with the "Issues" section dealing with South-North relations and human rights. Slow to load on a dial-up connection.
Japan's Department of Foreign Affairs. Has a large number of press releases including information about Japanese nationals abducted by the north.
Quite detailed general information on North Korea and about its relationship with Australia. There is helpful travel advice and diplomatic contact details. The site is particularly useful if you are looking for Australian perspectives.
From the US Department of State, October 2000. With information about the country and American foreign policy. There are more details at their page on North Korea with remarks, press releases and quick links to major reports. Further material from the State Department:
The full report of the North Korea Advisory to the United States Congress - November 1999.
World Food Programme, archived material. Here is the current United Nations World Food Programme web site.
This organisation used to play an important role under the 1994 Agreed Framework between the United States and North Korea. It was founded in 1995 by the US, South Korea, and Japan but became less relevant after the Agreed Framework collapsed.
The organisation for East Asian libraries in North America.
Global organisation for Koreans.
organization dedicated to the advancement of Korean studies.
Opinions on various topics from RAND, a conservative US research institute.
The Council on Foreign Relations is a very influential private US think tank. Its members include former national security officers, professors, former CIA members, elected politicians, and media figures.
Information on North Korea. They have news stories in a section called the NAPSNet (The Northeast Asia Peace and Security Network) Daily Report.
In Korean. Research and discussion about unification.
United States Institute of Peace Reports.
Report on DPRK by the US government body.
Reports on U.S. - North Korea relations from The Stanley Foundation, a private institution in Iowa.
Links to recent reports about North Korea.
Comprehensive and frequently updated collection of links to internet resources on North Koreas.
Links to some excellent DPRK and more general material on Korea.
The WWW Virtual Library was started in 1991, about three years before Yahoo. Each general subject area on the list is maintained by an expert in that field. The Koreas could do with more frequent updates!
An extensive collection of links related to all things Korean, including a section on the DPRK.
A set of links created and maintained by the Library of Congress.
Links of mixed quality. Some links seem to be related more to South Korea than the north.
Collections of political links.
Korea-related links in German, including a section on the DPRK.
ANU Library Subject Guide to Korea
Korean resources and links.
Collection of links to articles and other information, mostly from 2003. (Archived version).
Collection of links from the rather interestingly named site, 'Admiral Yi Sun Shin's Turtle Boat Cafe'. The site also maintains a page called Where is Kim Jong Il?. A little bit like "Where's Wally" but with the Dear Leader. His itinerary makes for a dry read but the photos are good.
A moderated discussion list on all things Korean. There is also a collection of book reviews.
Fascinating account of a stay in Pyongyang in 1987-1988, with an introduction by Aidan Foster-Carter. (Archived version).
Linguistic study of differences between Korean as spoken in the north and south. Much of it is in Korean.
Comprehensive list of books about DPKR.
Author Chris Springer writes "the book uses sites in Pyongyang as a starting point to explore North Korea’s past and present. It combines vivid photos and site-by-site descriptions. (Even hidden sites are exposed...) It is the ONLY book on Pyongyang published in English outside the DPRK."
A course description including a reading list.
A publishing company specialising in books on things Korean.
Book review from Le Monde diplomatique in French.
Christian website with a list of book recommendations on North Korea. (Archived version)
A personal site about Korean history and culture particularly Hendrick Hamel.
This site features articles (mostly from an American military perspective) on various topics.
From a 1998 exhibition.
Original art work for sale.
"Art Under Control reveals much about art made under totalitarian rule, as well as how the art subverts the regime". Includes a slideshow of images from the book.
1997 documentary by Solrun Hoaas. Here is another film about the Sunshine Policy.
Official site for documentary about two North Korean schoolgirls and their families in the lead up to the Mass Games. There was an earlier documentary called The Games of Their Lives
Independent 2003 documentary on North Korea by JT Takagi and Hye Jung Park from Third World Newsreel. Reviewed by Worker's World.
Page discussing this North Korean produced film.
Amnesty International's news and reports on human rights in North Korea.
News and human rights issues.
Quaker organisation for social justice and development.
The official social service agency of the Roman Catholic Church in Hong Kong.
A charity run by the North American Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches operating in North Korea. (Archived site).
IFAD is a UN agency which attempts to improve agricultural productivity. These are its projects in the DPRK. There is also a 2004 speech from a representative of the DPRK.
About human rights in North Korea. Contains many links to information on DPRK. The old site was North Korea's Tangled Web .
Human rights site.
Citizen's group in Japan for helping North Korean refugees.
Site in Korean and English.
"This site is dedicated to documenting the political cleansing of North Korea, and to fighting the greed, ignorance, and moral cowardice that make it possible." (Archived).
About the Red Cross in North Korea.
"The Hidden Gulag: Exposing North Korea’s Prison Camps. Prisoners’ Testimonies and Satellite Photographs".
MSNBC coverage of prison labour camps in North Korea.
Country Report on Human Rights Practices for 1998.
From an internet-based human rights organisation called Derechos.
Seoul-based Citizen's Alliance for North Korean Human Rights.
Rescue The North Korean People! Urgent Action Network.
From the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
Christian site about the famine, human rights and other issues in North Korea.
Human Rights information and links.
United Methodist Church site about the famine and relief efforts in North Korea.
Famine in North Korea.
2002 letter from Bernard Krisher.
A detailed country profile from the people at Lonely Planet and a map.
The web site based on the book. Oriented towards an American audience but useful travel information.
A detailed look at Pyongyang.
An interesting travel article about a visit to Panmunjom in 1999.
Wikipedia entry on DPRK. Other interesting Wikipedia articles include History of North Korea, Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il, Pyongyang, Sunan International Airport, Kaesong, List of cities in North Korea, Politics of North Korea, Kim Jong-nam, Kim Jong-chul, Ryongchon disaster, Alleged North Korean human experimentation, Let's trim our hair in accordance with the socialist lifestyle, Yongbyon Reactors, Korean People's Army, North Korea and weapons of mass destruction, and the DMZ.
Detailed statistical information from the CIA.
Detailed study with statistical information on all aspects of society. Mirror
Comprehensive database of governmental institutions on the World Wide Web.
Internet map server from the UN.
Country assessments of North Korea.
Information here is based on the CIA Fact Book and other sources.
Maps and information.
The website of the Vienna-based organisation can be searched for a great deal of information relating to North Korea.
Part of the UN disarmament site dealing with the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. This seems to be an older version. The site features an update about the 2003 Northeast Asia Regional Conference.
From The Monterey Institute of International Studies. Also see their DPRK reports.
This is the text of the 1994 agreement between the US under Bill Clinton and North Korea after their bilateral talks in Geneva. The policy was quietly scrapped under President Bush, who regarded it as a policy of appeasement. The official North Korean response can be found at the KCNA or at Global Security.
Also from The Monterey Institute of International Studies.
Reports from the Federation of American Scientists about the DPRK's weapons of mass destruction. They also have a Special Weapons Guide and an article about the nuclear standoff from the 24 March 2003 entitled Off Target, claiming that a military solution is, "unfortunately", no longer a viable possibility for the U.S.
...And The Middle East's Threat to Asia". Tendentious article from MERIA dealing with North Korea's arms trade.
Arguing for US withdrawal from South Korea from the CATO Institute, a non-profit public policy research institute in Washington. The site can be searched for more DPRK related articles.
Pictures of medals.
News and issues about the nuclear issue.
Bills itself as what you need to know about Korea's security.
A report subtitled "Challenging the NPT: North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme" from the British American Security Information Council and the Oxford Research Group.
Special Operations Force of the Korean People's Army.
A well-presented site from the US Department of Defense to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Korean War.
The website of the Australian National War Memorial in Canberra.
Detailed American site about the Korean War providing "...a service to veterans, families, researchers, and students of military history", online since February 1995. Links to related sites can be found here.
A book by James F. Schnabel from the U.S. Center of Military History
From the Navy Historical Center.
Nathan Stanley's site with book reviews and a thesis about race relations in the US army during the Korean War.
Information about the Korean War from the perspective of U.S. veterans.
Site for Australian veterans of the Korean War.
Commemorating the achievements and memories of Australians who served in Korea.
A Think Quest site created by students.
A Think Quest site created by students.
Archived material about the environment of the DMZ.
Photos and other materials about the Korean War.
Website about Australian forces during the Korean War.
US account of the 1976 incident at Panmunjom.
American site about the incident involving the capture of the USS Pueblo.
About a war memorial in Washington.
North Korea articles with a particular emphasis on relations with Russia, other CIS republics and Australia by Leonid A Petrov. See also his Pyongyang Watch
A newsletter (2-3 monthly) featuring a variety of newsworthy articles from various sources. The Main site contains hundreds of links to press articles and other information.
An example of DPRK propaganda.
Various photos of North Korea by David Portnoy.
Links to DPRK sites.
Basic info and discussion.
MP3 files of North Korean songs.
Audio files from Korean Central Broadcasting Station.
Various photos of North Korea.
Propaganda images hosted at robpongi.com.
Fascinating pictures, maps and info about Pyongyang's public transport system.
Reports on politics and human rights in North Korea.
Pro DPRK site in Russian
A site by Corey Richardson with opinion and articles.
A personal site on North Korea.
Michaels collection of North Korean beer labels.
Selections from the North Korean News Agency. (Archived)
Daryl Cagle's Professional Cartoonists Index. There is also North Korea has the Bomb.
Collection of editorial cartoons on North Korea.
Archive of North Korea cartoons by Peter Nicholson of The Australian newspaper.
Article satirising American policy by Jeremy B. Cairns.
Animation by Mark Fiore. Switch the speakers on.
Rebecca MacKinnon is a journalist who has worked in Northeast Asia for many years. She created North Korea Zone in February 2004 as project aiming to promote discussion and information exchange about North Korea. See also this report.
Great blog on all things Korean. More oriented towards South Korean than DPRK stories.
Brian's blog on life in Gangwon and things Korean.
Nice opinionated blog on North Korean issues.
Click on Orient category for Korea and Japan stories.
Social and political commentary on Korea and the issues of Koreans living abroad.
Blog entry about a visit to the DPRK.
This pictures shows the marked difference in development between the two Koreas in an amazing way.
Some interesting photos and historical maps.
North Korean items for sale at ebay.
About food shortages in North Korea.
A rather unique site with links to video and audio downloads connected with the DPRK