May 24, 2022

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Bryan Betts

Bryan Betts is the Deputy 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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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
North Korean COVID-19 testing skyrockets more than tenfold: WHO

North Korean COVID-19 testing skyrockets more than tenfold: WHO

Expert says huge increase in samples tested may be tied to Kim Jong Il birthday celebrations

North Korean COVID-19 testing skyrockets more than tenfold: WHO
Bryan Betts
Bryan Betts March 10, 2022
North Korea reports no COVID cases after testing additional 2,040 people

North Korea reports no COVID cases after testing additional 2,040 people

DPRK yet to begin vaccinations as UN rapporteur calls for donation of 60 million doses

North Korea reports no COVID cases after testing additional 2,040 people
Bryan Betts
Bryan Betts February 28, 2022
North Korea slams US actions as ‘root cause’ of crisis in Ukraine

North Korea slams US actions as ‘root cause’ of crisis in Ukraine

Foreign ministry statement does not mention Russian invasion, criticizes US ‘disregard’ of Moscow’s security concerns

North Korea slams US actions as ‘root cause’ of crisis in Ukraine
Bryan Betts
Bryan Betts February 27, 2022
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