April 23, 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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North Korea imported up to eight times its legal fuel limit in 2020: UN report
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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

North Korea imported up to eight times its legal fuel limit in 2020: UN report
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll February 10, 2021
One year of COVID-19: The humanitarian impact of North Korea’s border lockdown

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

One year of COVID-19: The humanitarian impact of North Korea’s border lockdown
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll February 2, 2021
One year of COVID-19: When will North Korea reopen its borders?

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

One year of COVID-19: When will North Korea reopen its borders?
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll January 29, 2021
North Korea’s market exchange rate for foreigners suddenly drops by more than 9%

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

North Korea’s market exchange rate for foreigners suddenly drops by more than 9%
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll January 28, 2021
North Korea bans foreign children in restaurants and shops to combat COVID-19

North Korea bans foreign children in restaurants and shops to combat COVID-19

The new rule is the latest in a long series of pandemic prevention measures, despite Pyongyang claiming to be virus-free

North Korea bans foreign children in restaurants and shops to combat COVID-19
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll January 22, 2021
North Korea says it’s ‘gravely concerned’ about Australian human rights abuses

North Korea says it’s ‘gravely concerned’ about Australian human rights abuses

North Korea, a country widely criticized for human rights abuses, is on a campaign to call out other countries

North Korea says it’s ‘gravely concerned’ about Australian human rights abuses
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll January 22, 2021
North Korean parade likely kicks off in Pyongyang, formation aircraft spotted

North Korean parade likely kicks off in Pyongyang, formation aircraft spotted

Military aircraft spotted releasing fireworks in formation above Pyongyang city

North Korean parade likely kicks off in Pyongyang, formation aircraft spotted
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Chad O'Carroll January 14, 2021
Armored vehicles and troops spotted going towards Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Square

Armored vehicles and troops spotted going towards Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Square

Kim Il Sung Square is also lit up on a scale similar to the Oct. 10, 2020 military parade, a source tells NK News

Armored vehicles and troops spotted going towards Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Square
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll January 10, 2021
What to make of North Korea’s massive Eighth Party Congress reveal
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What to make of North Korea’s massive Eighth Party Congress reveal

Pyongyang announced key foreign policy, military and economic goals that tell us a lot about the future

What to make of North Korea’s massive Eighth Party Congress reveal
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll January 9, 2021
Once lush with products, North Korean supermarkets are now barren and deceptive

Once lush with products, North Korean supermarkets are now barren and deceptive

Photos obtained by NK News show scarce food items and products that don’t look anything like what’s advertised

Once lush with products, North Korean supermarkets are now barren and deceptive
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll January 5, 2021
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