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U.S. Detainees in the DPRK

Since 1994, the detention of U.S. citizens in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has periodically been an issue in U.S.-DPRK relations. This issue brief seeks to depict the circumstances of each individual’s arrest, the length of their detention, the type of sentence they were given (if any), and the conditions that led to their release. Last updated September 18, 2013.

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North Korea and the 113th Congress: Key Committees and Leadership

A chart of the chairs and ranking members of Congressional committees and subcommittees with jurisdiction over policy issues relevant to North Korea.

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Korean War POW/MIAs

Brief overview of the U.S. efforts to repatriate and identify the remains of service personnel who remained unaccounted for after the Korean War. Last updated July 3, 2012.

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Obama Administration Key Leadership Relevant to the DPRK (Fall 2012)

Contains information on key personnel dealing with North Korea, nonproliferation, and related issues from agencies including the State Department, Defense Department, and National Security Council. Last updated October 16, 2012.

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NCNK Issue Brief: The New Administration and the New Congress (2008)

This issue brief provides a short analysis of possible leadership structures and a chart of the administration and congressional positions that will be influential in shaping and implementing the new administration's DPRK policy. The chart will be updated as these positions are filled. Last updated November 13, 2008

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U.S. Presidential Candidates on North Korea

This Issue Brief makes available collections of quotations by or about Senator John McCain, Senator Barack Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton regarding their views on U.S. policy toward North Korea.

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NCNK Issue Brief: The U.S. Drug Trafficking List

This 4 page issue brief, last updated January 7, 2008, reviews the obligations of the U.S. president regarding the "International Narcotics Control Strategy Report" (INCSR) and the annual Presidential Determinations regarding drug trafficking and production. The INCSR report for 2006 released in March 2007 reported "no confirmed instances of drug trafficking involving North Korea or its nationals during 2006. . . there is no evidence for several years that it continues to traffic in narcotics."

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NCNK Issue Brief: BDA

This four page Issue Brief provides an overview of the North Korean-related accounts at Banco Delta Asia. Last updated June 26, 2007.

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