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Min Chao Choy
Min Chao Choy is a data journalist for NK News and NK Pro, currently based in Los Angeles.
A cluster of ships perhaps related to an upcoming sand-dredging operation have departed a gathering point near Nampho’s West Barrage, according to satellite imagery analyzed by NK News. This means that North Korea could be restarting an illegal operation as it struggles with foreign currency income amid the COVID-19 global pandemic.
The cluster, which did not seem to be transmitting Automatic Identification System signals, remained in the area from the end of May to mid-August. The most recent available imagery from Aug. 23 showed that only a few vessels remained.