May 17, 2021

Investigation

In-depth, investigative journalism on North Korea

North Korean conglomerate faces serious fallout after deadly bus accident

North Korean conglomerate faces serious fallout after deadly bus accident

Korea Kumgang Group appears to have downsized or shut down completely after a once-successful run

North Korean conglomerate faces serious fallout after deadly bus accident
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll | Colin Zwirko March 29, 2021
Two women accuse North Korean defector-poet Jang Jin-sung of rape

Two women accuse North Korean defector-poet Jang Jin-sung of rape

Prominent "Dear Leader" author denies allegations of rape, blackmail and sexual coercion

Two women accuse North Korean defector-poet Jang Jin-sung of rape
Jeongmin Kim
Jeongmin Kim | Kelly Kasulis | Won-Gi Jung February 16, 2021
One year of COVID-19: When will North Korea reopen its borders?

One year of COVID-19: When will North Korea reopen its borders?

North Korea will likely maintain its lockdown until 2022 – and thousands of ordinary people will suffer as a result

One year of COVID-19: When will North Korea reopen its borders?
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll January 29, 2021
‘The sky was falling’: Why this company sold coats illegally made in North Korea

‘The sky was falling’: Why this company sold coats illegally made in North Korea

A Seoul clothing firm said it was duped into using DPRK labor and had no choice but to sell sanctions-violating garb

‘The sky was falling’: Why this company sold coats illegally made in North Korea
Jeongmin Kim
Jeongmin Kim December 23, 2020
Crossing the line: Has North Korea’s biggest foe finally gone too far?

Crossing the line: Has North Korea’s biggest foe finally gone too far?

Defector-activist Park Sang-hak has long stirred controversy, but political winds may no longer be blowing in his favor

Crossing the line: Has North Korea’s biggest foe finally gone too far?
Max Kim
Max Kim July 31, 2020
Left behind: despite détente, six South Koreans remain imprisoned in the North

Left behind: despite détente, six South Koreans remain imprisoned in the North

Convicted of espionage and effectively abandoned by Seoul, it's unclear whether any will ever return home

Left behind: despite détente, six South Koreans remain imprisoned in the North
North Korea may have planned to acquire two Russian planes, despite sanctions

North Korea may have planned to acquire two Russian planes, despite sanctions

Aircraft in partial Air Koryo livery linked to Russian firm with history dealing to North Korea and small Kyrgyz airline

North Korea may have planned to acquire two Russian planes, despite sanctions
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko June 30, 2020
Some British nationals experience U.S. visa rejections after North Korea visits

Some British nationals experience U.S. visa rejections after North Korea visits

Among those from various countries who are approved, some encounter issues including lengthy interviews at the border

Some British nationals experience U.S. visa rejections after North Korea visits
Singaporean implicated in luxury exports has longtime North Korea connections

Singaporean implicated in luxury exports has longtime North Korea connections

Jordan Cheang owned Benata Business Centre and supermarkets, prior interviews show

Singaporean implicated in luxury exports has longtime North Korea connections
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll | Min Chao Choy April 29, 2020
Not-for-profit was targeted in U.S. sanctions investigation, sparking NGO fears

Not-for-profit was targeted in U.S. sanctions investigation, sparking NGO fears

"Funds meant for humanitarian support were instead spent on lawyers"

Not-for-profit was targeted in U.S. sanctions investigation, sparking NGO fears
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll February 5, 2020
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