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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UN panel names North Korean who tried smuggling fighter jet parts to Pyongyang
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UN panel names North Korean who tried smuggling fighter jet parts to Pyongyang

Records indicate trade representative may have served as diplomat in Moscow prior to weapons deal

UN panel names North Korean who tried smuggling fighter jet parts to Pyongyang
Min Chao Choy
Min Chao Choy March 10, 2021
North Korean ships resume coal smuggling as ice and restrictions thaw
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North Korean ships resume coal smuggling as ice and restrictions thaw

Vessel movements near Nampho port’s coal yard in February indicate loosened COVID-19 measures

North Korean ships resume coal smuggling as ice and restrictions thaw
Min Chao Choy
Min Chao Choy March 9, 2021
Daily videos show candid North Korean street life during pandemic

Daily videos show candid North Korean street life during pandemic

Chinese observer shares detailed footage of Hyesan city in the DPRK border area on social media

Daily videos show candid North Korean street life during pandemic
North Korea-Russia trade plummeted by nearly 42% in 2020 — the year of COVID-19
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North Korea-Russia trade plummeted by nearly 42% in 2020 — the year of COVID-19

New data suggests that trade between Pyongyang and Moscow suffered greater blows than previously thought

North Korea-Russia trade plummeted by nearly 42% in 2020 — the year of COVID-19
Min Chao Choy
Min Chao Choy March 5, 2021
North Korean fleets spur into action after a winter of COVID-19 trade lockdowns
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North Korean fleets spur into action after a winter of COVID-19 trade lockdowns

At least 15 North Korea-linked ships were active in late Feb. 2021, according to Automatic Identification System data

North Korean fleets spur into action after a winter of COVID-19 trade lockdowns
Min Chao Choy
Min Chao Choy March 4, 2021
Panel investigates North Korean weapon used in Mogadishu attack on UN compound
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Panel investigates North Korean weapon used in Mogadishu attack on UN compound

Unreleased United Nations report traces mortar in Somalia to DPRK, describes weapons trade across Africa

Panel investigates North Korean weapon used in Mogadishu attack on UN compound
Min Chao Choy
Min Chao Choy March 3, 2021
Thousands of North Koreans left Russia in 2020 while new visas dropped by 52%
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Thousands of North Koreans left Russia in 2020 while new visas dropped by 52%

New government data suggests that 14,000 North Koreans left Russia last year while about 1,800 entered the country

Thousands of North Koreans left Russia in 2020 while new visas dropped by 52%
Min Chao Choy
Min Chao Choy March 1, 2021
North Korean hackers breached sensitive defense network at Russian firm
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North Korean hackers breached sensitive defense network at Russian firm

DPRK-linked Lazarus Group accessed restricted data by using “highly interesting technique,” according to Kaspersky

North Korean hackers breached sensitive defense network at Russian firm
Min Chao Choy
Min Chao Choy February 26, 2021
Two years later, Trump and Kim’s failed Hanoi summit casts a dark shadow

Two years later, Trump and Kim’s failed Hanoi summit casts a dark shadow

The U.S. and North Korea missed the chance to strike a deal, experts say — and that opportunity may never come back

Two years later, Trump and Kim’s failed Hanoi summit casts a dark shadow
Min Chao Choy
Min Chao Choy February 26, 2021
North Korean ships return to sea after a quiet COVID-19 winter
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North Korean ships return to sea after a quiet COVID-19 winter

At least eight DPRK-flagged ships were active in Feb. 2021, as well as suspicious foreign-flagged ships

North Korean ships return to sea after a quiet COVID-19 winter
Min Chao Choy
Min Chao Choy February 22, 2021
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