May 16, 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 after testing 665 more people

North Korea reports no COVID cases after testing 665 more people

State media continues to emphasize ‘epidemic prevention campaign’ as Pyongyang defends its border lockdown

North Korea reports no COVID cases after testing 665 more people
Bryan Betts
Bryan Betts August 30, 2021
North Korea says it’s still COVID-19 free, develops new testing equipment

North Korea says it’s still COVID-19 free, develops new testing equipment

New reported technology comes as WHO says total tested in DPRK exceeds 36,000

North Korea says it’s still COVID-19 free, develops new testing equipment
Bryan Betts
Bryan Betts August 22, 2021
DPRK-China trade inches up in July, but experts say normalization still far off
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DPRK-China trade inches up in July, but experts say normalization still far off

Overall trade volume remains a fraction of pre-pandemic levels, despite jump in exports to PRC

DPRK-China trade inches up in July, but experts say normalization still far off
Bryan Betts
Bryan Betts August 19, 2021
Germany wins sanctions exemption to send COVID test equipment to North Korea

Germany wins sanctions exemption to send COVID test equipment to North Korea

UN grants 9-month window for ‘export of medical equipment for the prevention and control of COVID-19 in the DPRK’

Germany wins sanctions exemption to send COVID test equipment to North Korea
Bryan Betts
Bryan Betts August 18, 2021
North Korea reports no COVID cases amid rumblings of humanitarian aid

North Korea reports no COVID cases amid rumblings of humanitarian aid

DPRK tells WHO it tested 693 people as UNICEF renews sanctions exemption for medical assistance

North Korea reports no COVID cases amid rumblings of humanitarian aid
Bryan Betts
Bryan Betts August 16, 2021
North Korea maintains it’s COVID-free as it prepares vaccine supply chains

North Korea maintains it’s COVID-free as it prepares vaccine supply chains

Authorities say they tested additional 674 people as DPRK continues to warn of protracted pandemic and antivirus curbs

North Korea maintains it’s COVID-free as it prepares vaccine supply chains
Bryan Betts
Bryan Betts August 9, 2021
North Korea again reports no COVID cases, as Seoul pushes humanitarian aid

North Korea again reports no COVID cases, as Seoul pushes humanitarian aid

World Health Organization says DPRK tested 681 more people, bringing total tested to over 34,000

North Korea again reports no COVID cases, as Seoul pushes humanitarian aid
Bryan Betts
Bryan Betts August 2, 2021
North Korea tests 691 more people for COVID-19, reports zero positive cases

North Korea tests 691 more people for COVID-19, reports zero positive cases

DPRK claims to have tested a total of 33,889 people, as state media continues to emphasize virus prevention measures

North Korea tests 691 more people for COVID-19, reports zero positive cases
Bryan Betts
Bryan Betts July 27, 2021
Stocks surge in South Korea on hopes of renewed inter-Korean projects

Stocks surge in South Korea on hopes of renewed inter-Korean projects

Some firms linked to tourism and manufacturing in DPRK see double-digit growth following news of reconnected hotlines

Stocks surge in South Korea on hopes of renewed inter-Korean projects
Bryan Betts
Bryan Betts July 27, 2021
Pop-aganda: North Korean accordionists cover Norway’s greatest hits

Pop-aganda: North Korean accordionists cover Norway’s greatest hits

An interview with Morten Traavik on his new vinyl album expanding musical collaboration with the DPRK

Pop-aganda: North Korean accordionists cover Norway’s greatest hits
Bryan Betts
Bryan Betts July 19, 2021