February 28, 2024

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Anton Sokolin

Anton Sokolin is the data correspondent at NK News. He previously worked at Reuters, TASS and the Korea Trade Promotion Corporation (KOTRA).

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Key fertilizer chemical tops North Korean imports in May, grain shipments rise
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Key fertilizer chemical tops North Korean imports in May, grain shipments rise

Expert says food imports from China unlikely to impact most citizens amid concerns about acute hunger crisis

Key fertilizer chemical tops North Korean imports in May, grain shipments rise
Anton Sokolin
Anton Sokolin June 20, 2023
US, Japan hold joint naval drills in response to latest North Korean missiles

US, Japan hold joint naval drills in response to latest North Korean missiles

Allies deploy two Aegis-equipped destroyers for exercises after DPRK missiles land in Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone

US, Japan hold joint naval drills in response to latest North Korean missiles
Anton Sokolin
Anton Sokolin June 20, 2023
Chinese crane vessel engages in likely illicit transfer with North Korean ship
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Chinese crane vessel engages in likely illicit transfer with North Korean ship

Satellite imagery shows three ships side by side outside Nampho, amid suspicious surge in activity around port

Chinese crane vessel engages in likely illicit transfer with North Korean ship
Anton Sokolin
Anton Sokolin June 19, 2023
North Korea-China trade maintains momentum in May despite slight dip

North Korea-China trade maintains momentum in May despite slight dip

May was third-strongest month for bilateral trade during pandemic, while marking a ninefold increase from last year

North Korea-China trade maintains momentum in May despite slight dip
Anton Sokolin
Anton Sokolin June 19, 2023
Russia resumes oil exports to North Korea after two-year hiatus, UN data shows

Russia resumes oil exports to North Korea after two-year hiatus, UN data shows

Moscow has sent 67K barrels of refined oil to DPRK since December, as two sides boast of ‘heyday’ for bilateral ties

Russia resumes oil exports to North Korea after two-year hiatus, UN data shows
Anton Sokolin
Anton Sokolin June 13, 2023
Web surfing a privilege of only North Korea’s most rarefied elite: Report

Web surfing a privilege of only North Korea’s most rarefied elite: Report

NGO says intrusive security measures mean few even know internet exists, calling access a basic human right

Web surfing a privilege of only North Korea’s most rarefied elite: Report
Anton Sokolin
Anton Sokolin June 12, 2023
China and ROK competing to recover North Korean rocket debris, data suggests

China and ROK competing to recover North Korean rocket debris, data suggests

Ship records show uptick in Chinese patrols in Yellow Sea, as source says Beijing may seek to retrieve wreckage for DPRK

China and ROK competing to recover North Korean rocket debris, data suggests
Anton Sokolin
Anton Sokolin June 9, 2023
Disappearance of two North Koreans sets off manhunt in Russian Far East

Disappearance of two North Koreans sets off manhunt in Russian Far East

NGO says ‘search continues’ for woman and son who went missing on Sunday, though reports suggest they may seek to defect

Disappearance of two North Koreans sets off manhunt in Russian Far East
Anton Sokolin
Anton Sokolin June 7, 2023
Singaporean gets 6-month sentence for covering up oil transfers to North Korea

Singaporean gets 6-month sentence for covering up oil transfers to North Korea

Court finds Jeremy Koh Renfeng altered logbook showing illicit ship-to-ship activity with DPRK-flagged tanker

Singaporean gets 6-month sentence for covering up oil transfers to North Korea
Anton Sokolin
Anton Sokolin June 6, 2023
North Korea turns to smaller vessels to obscure possible ship-to-ship transfers
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North Korea turns to smaller vessels to obscure possible ship-to-ship transfers

Expert says small ships are harder to identify and help cover tracks of Chinese and DPRK sanctions busting in Yellow Sea

North Korea turns to smaller vessels to obscure possible ship-to-ship transfers
Anton Sokolin
Anton Sokolin June 5, 2023