October 21, 2019
Ask a North Korean: introducing the “Smuggler Kingpin” of Hyesan
The story of our second new contributor, from starving taekwondo teacher to TV smuggler
Welcome to our second installment of Ask a North Korean, where NK News readers can send in their questions and have them answered by our North Korean writers.Today we're introducing the second of our two new North Korean writers: Shim Tae-il (writing under a pseudonym). You can read our other North Korean writer's first piece here.Like In-hua, Tae-il lived through the famine in the 1990s