September 21, 2023

Rodong Sinmun admits mistakes were made on Special Economic Zones

North Korean media outlet concedes special economic zones have not worked as well as hoped

North Korean newspaper the Rodong Sinmun has admitted that the DPRK's work on creating Special Economic Zones has not been successful as was initially hopes, in a report published on October 23.

In an usually frank admission at the Pyongyang International Conference on Special Economic Trade Zone Development, the Workers' Party newspaper conceded that "normal" development of the SEZ did not take place for 16 years after its establishment.