March 01, 2021

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Chad O’Carroll

Chad O’Carroll has written on North Korea since 2010 and writes between London and Seoul.

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Russian diplomats exit North Korea on trolleys built for evacuating foreigners

The eight Russian Embassy staff left amid an overall exodus of diplomats and aid workers who were stationed in Pyongyang

Chad O'Carroll February 25, 2021

Delegations traveling to and from North Korea flatlined in 2020, new tool shows

A new NK Pro research tool tracked more than 7,500 groups that traveled to or from North Korea starting in 1997

Chad O'Carroll February 23, 2021

North Korea appoints foreign trade specialist as ambassador to China

Ri Ryong Nam's appointment hints at greater economic exchange between North Korea and China, experts say

Chad O'Carroll February 19, 2021

Phoning it in: North Korea’s archaic (and expensive) international call system

Calling Pyongyang is relatively straightforward - if you have the patience, the time and the money

Chad O'Carroll February 15, 2021

Filmmaker says he’s still sitting on evidence of North Korean weapons deals

“The Mole” depicted shady DPRK dealings, but the U.N. allegedly hasn’t seen extra evidence gathered by the filmmaker

Chad O'Carroll February 11, 2021

North Korea vessels illegally exported coal and imported ‘humanitarian aid’

It’s unclear what North Korea imported, but the country’s coal exports suggest poor sanctions enforcement abroad

Chad O'Carroll February 11, 2021

North Korea imported up to eight times its legal fuel limit in 2020: UN report

Illicit fuel imports similar in scale to 2019, but coal exports dropped sharply after July's COVID-19 restrictions

Chad O'Carroll February 10, 2021

One year of COVID-19: The humanitarian impact of North Korea’s border lockdown

Foreign aid, personnel and funding have plummeted while thousands of North Koreans continue to suffer

Chad O'Carroll February 2, 2021

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

Chad O'Carroll January 29, 2021

North Korea’s market exchange rate for foreigners suddenly drops by more than 9%

The abrupt shift could mean trade and travel restrictions will stay in place for the foreseeable future, experts say

Chad O'Carroll January 28, 2021
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