May 18, 2022

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Curtis Melvin

Curtis Melvin a researcher at the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins SAIS and contributor to NK News Pro. He is also editor of North Korean Economy Watch,  one of the longest running DPRK blogs, as well as creator and manager of a database of the most extensive Google Earth imagery work on North Korea.

More articles by 'Curtis Melvin'

DPRK expands tourist access to Wonsan Kalma Peninsula

DPRK expands tourist access to Wonsan Kalma Peninsula

Tourists may soon be able to stay adjacent to military bases in Wonsan

DPRK expands tourist access to Wonsan Kalma Peninsula
Curtis Melvin
Curtis Melvin July 31, 2013
Kim Jong Un gets tweeted by western journalist in Pyongyang

Kim Jong Un gets tweeted by western journalist in Pyongyang

Sky News reporter spots Kim Jong Un at public event in Pyongyang, tweets photo from the scene

Kim Jong Un gets tweeted by western journalist in Pyongyang
Curtis Melvin
Curtis Melvin July 25, 2013
Information on Rason 2013 Trade Fair emerges

Information on Rason 2013 Trade Fair emerges

Trade fair to take place as North Korea continues to stress importance of Rason

Information on Rason 2013 Trade Fair emerges
Curtis Melvin
Curtis Melvin July 9, 2013
Revealed: Pyongyang’s new Central Bank headquarters

Revealed: Pyongyang’s new Central Bank headquarters

Does new, larger building imply new responsibilities for Central Bank?

Revealed: Pyongyang’s new Central Bank headquarters
Curtis Melvin
Curtis Melvin July 3, 2013
Revealed: Plans for North Korea’s new $200m international airport

Revealed: Plans for North Korea’s new $200m international airport

New economic development project also includes 'business centre' and golf course

Revealed: Plans for North Korea’s new $200m international airport
Curtis Melvin
Curtis Melvin June 27, 2013
North Korea’s “Torure” Rail Transport System

North Korea’s “Torure” Rail Transport System

The cart itself is simple piece of technology: It rolls downhill and is slowed by a friction brake system by the conductor

North Korea’s “Torure” Rail Transport System
Curtis Melvin
Curtis Melvin June 18, 2013
Analysis: Tracking Kim Jong Un’s east coast tour

Analysis: Tracking Kim Jong Un’s east coast tour

Kim Jong un completes largest tour outside of Pyongyang since inheriting power from the late Kim Jong Il

Analysis: Tracking Kim Jong Un’s east coast tour
Curtis Melvin
Curtis Melvin June 12, 2013
Revealed: Satellite images show progress on new Yalu bridge

Revealed: Satellite images show progress on new Yalu bridge

First satellite imagery made public to show new bridge development between China and North Korea

Revealed: Satellite images show progress on new Yalu bridge
Curtis Melvin
Curtis Melvin June 4, 2013
More on Chongjin’s residential construction project

More on Chongjin’s residential construction project

Exclusive photos show extent of Chongjin's five year re-development plan

More on Chongjin’s residential construction project
Curtis Melvin
Curtis Melvin May 30, 2013
Located: North Korea’s Masik Pass Ski Resort

Located: North Korea’s Masik Pass Ski Resort

'One of Kim Jong Un's definable domestic policy initiatives is the improvement of leisure facilities in the DPRK as a tool to raise the peoples' standard of living.'

Located: North Korea’s Masik Pass Ski Resort
Curtis Melvin
Curtis Melvin May 29, 2013