September 24, 2023

Chinese company offering “custom order” North Korean smartphones at Pyongyang fair

Similar ‘waterdrop notch’ phones also introduced by DPRK company at trade fair

A Chinese company participating in this week’s international trade fair in Pyongyang is offering “custom order [North] Korean language mobile phones” at its booth, an image obtained by NK News shows.

The open offer could hold implications for the enforcement of current UN sanctions prohibiting such trade, and provides a window into how state-sanctioned smartphone trade may be occurring between China and the DPRK.