December 07, 2023

North Korean airline operating dept. store, producing alcohol and energy drinks

Increased diversification part of DPRK's "camouflaged capitalism," says expert

North Korean state airline Air Koryo appears to have begun managing a famous department store in Pyongyang and is producing new beverages and food products, photos recently obtained by NK News show.

A recent receipt from the city's Pothonggang Department Store, which opened in 2010 and was visited by the late leader Kim Jong Il before his death, includes the Air Koryo logo next to the words "sales statement," suggesting the company is involved in a management role there.