April 23, 2021

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Min Chao Choy

Min Chao Choy is a data journalist for NK News and NK Pro. Choy specializes in news and analysis relating to DPRK shipping and aviation movements, sanctions, and cyber-security.

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Sino-DPRK border city of Dandong tentatively relaxes COVID-19 measures

Sino-DPRK border city of Dandong tentatively relaxes COVID-19 measures

Dandong begins re-opening of service industry amid concerns of “second wave” from neighboring Heilongjiang province

Sino-DPRK border city of Dandong tentatively relaxes COVID-19 measures
Min Chao Choy
Min Chao Choy April 29, 2020
Singaporean implicated in luxury exports has longtime North Korea connections

Singaporean implicated in luxury exports has longtime North Korea connections

Jordan Cheang owned Benata Business Centre and supermarkets, prior interviews show

Singaporean implicated in luxury exports has longtime North Korea connections
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll | Min Chao Choy April 29, 2020
In a hard news vacuum, the Kim Jong Un health rumor mill goes into overdrive

In a hard news vacuum, the Kim Jong Un health rumor mill goes into overdrive

Dead, alive, abducted by aliens - speculation on the North Korean leader has been running rampant across the internet

In a hard news vacuum, the Kim Jong Un health rumor mill goes into overdrive
Jacob Fromer
Jacob Fromer | Min Chao Choy April 28, 2020
Chinese tankers with fake MMSI numbers appear near North Korea’s Nampo port
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Chinese tankers with fake MMSI numbers appear near North Korea’s Nampo port

Manipulation of AIS data and lack of IMO numbers reflect trends observed by UN

Chinese tankers with fake MMSI numbers appear near North Korea’s Nampo port
Min Chao Choy
Min Chao Choy April 28, 2020
North Koreans asked Singaporean contacts for help sourcing COVID-19 test kits

North Koreans asked Singaporean contacts for help sourcing COVID-19 test kits

Request from DPRK diplomats reportedly hampered by Pyongyang's "no cases" claims, however

North Koreans asked Singaporean contacts for help sourcing COVID-19 test kits
Min Chao Choy
Min Chao Choy April 22, 2020
South Korean firm repeatedly tied to North Korea-linked ship-to-ship transfers
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South Korean firm repeatedly tied to North Korea-linked ship-to-ship transfers

ROK company implicated in encounters with DPRK-flagged and UNSC-designated vessels

South Korean firm repeatedly tied to North Korea-linked ship-to-ship transfers
Italian companies had roles in finishing and shipping Kim Jong Un’s limousines

Italian companies had roles in finishing and shipping Kim Jong Un’s limousines

An “Italian client” and two local companies played role in delivering armored luxury cars to the DPRK, UN says

Italian companies had roles in finishing and shipping Kim Jong Un’s limousines
Giulia Pompili
Giulia Pompili | Min Chao Choy April 17, 2020
After over a year’s absence, five North Korean ships appear back in service
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After over a year’s absence, five North Korean ships appear back in service

Move may be linked to recently-reopened Nampo-Dalian shipping lines, delivery of humanitarian aid

After over a year’s absence, five North Korean ships appear back in service
Min Chao Choy
Min Chao Choy April 3, 2020
U.S. official calls on North Korea to release religious prisoners amid pandemic

U.S. official calls on North Korea to release religious prisoners amid pandemic

Religious Freedom Ambassador Brownback expresses concern for religious minorities in the DPRK's “gulag system”

U.S. official calls on North Korea to release religious prisoners amid pandemic
Min Chao Choy
Min Chao Choy April 2, 2020
Suspected North Korean-linked smuggling ship detained in Russian port
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Suspected North Korean-linked smuggling ship detained in Russian port

Yuko Maru classified as a “High Risk Ship," suspected of having ties to Kasatsugu network

Suspected North Korean-linked smuggling ship detained in Russian port
Min Chao Choy
Min Chao Choy March 31, 2020