September 24, 2022

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Bryan Betts

Bryan Betts is the Managing Editor of NK News. He has covered the Koreas for Yonhap News Agency, The Diplomat and Korea Exposé and previously worked as a newspaper reporter in South Carolina and New Mexico.

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Russia ‘in process’ of buying North Korean ammunition for Ukraine war, US says

Russia ‘in process’ of buying North Korean ammunition for Ukraine war, US says

US officials confirm media reports but give no indication DPRK has already shipped artillery shells and rockets

Russia ‘in process’ of buying North Korean ammunition for Ukraine war, US says
Bryan Betts
Bryan Betts September 7, 2022
Prosecutors raid Presidential Archives over forced repatriation of North Koreans

Prosecutors raid Presidential Archives over forced repatriation of North Koreans

Search seeks records that shine light on Moon administration’s decision-making process in controversial 2019 case

Prosecutors raid Presidential Archives over forced repatriation of North Koreans
Bryan Betts
Bryan Betts | Sojin Jung August 19, 2022
Gavi ‘understands’ North Korea administering COVID-19 vaccines from China

Gavi ‘understands’ North Korea administering COVID-19 vaccines from China

Global vaccine alliance tells NK News that Beijing provided doses, without stating number or type of vaccines

Gavi ‘understands’ North Korea administering COVID-19 vaccines from China
Bryan Betts
Bryan Betts June 4, 2022
North Korea reports no COVID cases amid signs of trade restart with Russia

North Korea reports no COVID cases amid signs of trade restart with Russia

Number of people screened increases slightly as testing of workers handling imported cargo continues

North Korea reports no COVID cases amid signs of trade restart with Russia
Bryan Betts
Bryan Betts April 11, 2022
UN Panel of Experts details North Korea sanctions violations in latest report

UN Panel of Experts details North Korea sanctions violations in latest report

A roundup of NK News and NK Pro coverage of key findings on weapons development, illegal shipping, cyberattacks and more

UN Panel of Experts details North Korea sanctions violations in latest report
Bryan Betts
Bryan Betts April 4, 2022
North Korean COVID-19 testing plummets from record highs

North Korean COVID-19 testing plummets from record highs

DPRK collects less than quarter of samples reported in early March, as Gavi continues ‘dialogue’ with North on vaccines

North Korean COVID-19 testing plummets from record highs
Bryan Betts
Bryan Betts March 28, 2022
China’s Omicron surge shows risk of North Korea’s own zero-COVID strategy

China’s Omicron surge shows risk of North Korea’s own zero-COVID strategy

Experts expect tighter border controls, warning virulent variant would wreak havoc on DPRK’s unvaccinated population

China’s Omicron surge shows risk of North Korea’s own zero-COVID strategy
Bryan Betts
Bryan Betts March 16, 2022
US Forces Korea intensifies missile defense exercises after North Korea launches

US Forces Korea intensifies missile defense exercises after North Korea launches

Simulated combat operations come after DPRK tested long-range missile system and US called for ‘enhanced readiness’

US Forces Korea intensifies missile defense exercises after North Korea launches
Bryan Betts
Bryan Betts March 15, 2022
North Korea says it’s testing workers who handle imported cargo for COVID-19

North Korea says it’s testing workers who handle imported cargo for COVID-19

News follows huge increase in testing last month and January restart of train trade with China

North Korea says it’s testing workers who handle imported cargo for COVID-19
Bryan Betts
Bryan Betts March 14, 2022
North Korea restoring tunnels at demolished nuclear test site: ROK military

North Korea restoring tunnels at demolished nuclear test site: ROK military

Restoration work the latest sign Pyongyang may be preparing for an underground nuclear test at Punggye-ri site

North Korea restoring tunnels at demolished nuclear test site: ROK military
Bryan Betts
Bryan Betts | Chaewon Chung March 11, 2022
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