February 21, 2024

Investigation

In-depth, investigative journalism on North Korea

North Korean doctors working in Congo pose sanctions dilemma: Investigation

North Korean doctors working in Congo pose sanctions dilemma: Investigation

Locals tell NK News physicians provide good care, but experts stress sanctions forbid DPRK nationals from working abroad

North Korean doctors working in Congo pose sanctions dilemma: Investigation
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer December 5, 2023
Last orders: North Korean restaurants close their doors across Southeast Asia

Last orders: North Korean restaurants close their doors across Southeast Asia

Sanctions or COVID controls have led to decline in eateries accused of supporting DPRK state, though many remain

Last orders: North Korean restaurants close their doors across Southeast Asia
NK News
NK News August 4, 2023
Surveillance state: How intensified Chinese border security hurts North Koreans

Surveillance state: How intensified Chinese border security hurts North Koreans

Imagery reveals vast security network along border that has made it harder for people to flee and smuggle food

Surveillance state: How intensified Chinese border security hurts North Koreans
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer August 4, 2023
Tuning into mystery: Border trip uncovers obscure TV broadcast into North Korea

Tuning into mystery: Border trip uncovers obscure TV broadcast into North Korea

Receivers can pick up South Korean programs that air on rare frequency, part of apparent effort to get info into DPRK

Tuning into mystery: Border trip uncovers obscure TV broadcast into North Korea
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll July 13, 2023
The revolving door: Why people end up quitting the North Korea field

The revolving door: Why people end up quitting the North Korea field

Frustration at lack of progress among factors driving exodus, which some fear could diminish understanding of DPRK

The revolving door: Why people end up quitting the North Korea field
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll June 30, 2023
New smartphones appear in North Koreans’ hands for first time in years

New smartphones appear in North Koreans’ hands for first time in years

Models with more advanced cameras likely imported from China despite sanctions in effort to appeal to consumers

New smartphones appear in North Koreans’ hands for first time in years
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko August 30, 2022
Harry Potter-loving North Korean vlogger comes from elite family close to Kims

Harry Potter-loving North Korean vlogger comes from elite family close to Kims

NK News finds Song A lived in the UK with her diplomat father and is great-granddaughter of top military commander

Harry Potter-loving North Korean vlogger comes from elite family close to Kims
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko July 20, 2022
Why more North Koreans don’t defect across the inter-Korean border

Why more North Koreans don’t defect across the inter-Korean border

Obstacles range from political risks to lack of awareness, but experts say Seoul can do more to help would-be escapees

Why more North Koreans don’t defect across the inter-Korean border
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll July 5, 2022
‘Everything is just fine!’: North Korean vloggers launch new selfie propaganda

‘Everything is just fine!’: North Korean vloggers launch new selfie propaganda

State media deploys fake Twitter account to promote latest foreign outreach campaign on abundance amid pandemic

‘Everything is just fine!’: North Korean vloggers launch new selfie propaganda
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko June 23, 2022
South Korea detaining North Korea-linked ship suspected of sanctions violations

South Korea detaining North Korea-linked ship suspected of sanctions violations

Exclusive NK News photos show impounded Mongolia-flagged ship held in waters off South Korea's coast

South Korea detaining North Korea-linked ship suspected of sanctions violations
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