October 26, 2021

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Leo Byrne

Leo Byrne was the Data and Analytic Director at NK News. Follow him on twitter @LeoPByrne

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UN releases emergency funding for cyclone damage in North Korea

UN releases emergency funding for cyclone damage in North Korea

UN Central Emergency Response Fund released $6 million to help vulnerable people in the DPRK

UN releases emergency funding for cyclone damage in North Korea
Leo Byrne
Leo Byrne October 18, 2019
U.S.-sanctioned ship arrives in port near Chinese coal power plant
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U.S.-sanctioned ship arrives in port near Chinese coal power plant

The vessel stopped signaling location after its arrival in the area

U.S.-sanctioned ship arrives in port near Chinese coal power plant
Leo Byrne
Leo Byrne October 17, 2019
Imagery reveals near-constant activity at North Korean coal terminal in October
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Imagery reveals near-constant activity at North Korean coal terminal in October

Planet imagery taken almost every day shows regular traffic despite sanctions

Imagery reveals near-constant activity at North Korean coal terminal in October
Leo Byrne
Leo Byrne October 16, 2019
UN-sanctioned oil tanker with ties to North Korea appears near Chinese coast
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UN-sanctioned oil tanker with ties to North Korea appears near Chinese coast

Tanker has been involved in both ship to ship transfers and direct deliveries to the DPRK

UN-sanctioned oil tanker with ties to North Korea appears near Chinese coast
Leo Byrne
Leo Byrne October 15, 2019
Russian refined oil exports to North Korea bounce back in August: data
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Russian refined oil exports to North Korea bounce back in August: data

Shipments follow a similar trend to last year, numbers provided to the 1718 Committee show

Russian refined oil exports to North Korea bounce back in August: data
Leo Byrne
Leo Byrne October 11, 2019
North Korean ship sails with Kiribati flag, loiters near Shanghai
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North Korean ship sails with Kiribati flag, loiters near Shanghai

The case is the latest in a series of unusual DPRK vessel broadcasts and voyages

North Korean ship sails with Kiribati flag, loiters near Shanghai
Leo Byrne
Leo Byrne October 10, 2019
North Korea imports sanctioned items valued at over $300,000 from Russia in July
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North Korea imports sanctioned items valued at over $300,000 from Russia in July

The shipments included electrical and industrial items covered by designated trade codes

North Korea imports sanctioned items valued at over $300,000 from Russia in July
Leo Byrne
Leo Byrne October 10, 2019
North Korea touts ICBM developments in KCTV film

North Korea touts ICBM developments in KCTV film

Documentary airs as talks with Washington grind to a halt

North Korea touts ICBM developments in KCTV film
Leo Byrne
Leo Byrne October 8, 2019
UN sanctioned ship appears near Myanmar
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UN sanctioned ship appears near Myanmar

The vessel appeared to be headed for Yangon, though there are no docking records

UN sanctioned ship appears near Myanmar
Leo Byrne
Leo Byrne September 27, 2019
North Korean reported oil imports up year on year: UN data
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North Korean reported oil imports up year on year: UN data

Though reported shipments are just a fraction of probable illicit inflows

North Korean reported oil imports up year on year: UN data
Leo Byrne
Leo Byrne September 27, 2019
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