July 27, 2021
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Latest NK Pro analysis related to the DPRK

Resuming inter-Korean hotline communications: What it means

Resuming inter-Korean hotline communications: What it means

Dormant inter-Korean diplomacy will increase in intensity, but scheduled USFK drills could pose a hurdle for Seoul

Resuming inter-Korean hotline communications: What it means
NK Pro briefing: Humanitarian aid and the civil environment of North Korea

NK Pro briefing: Humanitarian aid and the civil environment of North Korea

Former North Korea aid worker, travel guide weigh in on major risks in the event of a nationwide crisis

NK Pro briefing: Humanitarian aid and the civil environment of North Korea
Author Image Chad O'Carroll July 23, 2021
North Korea’s five-year strategy set outlandish targets for economic growth

North Korea’s five-year strategy set outlandish targets for economic growth

Officials aimed for 79% growth in some sectors, but the country’s own data shows it fell far short of this goal

North Korea’s five-year strategy set outlandish targets for economic growth
Author Image Peter Ward July 23, 2021
No more defectors? What the drop in numbers means for North Korea and the world

No more defectors? What the drop in numbers means for North Korea and the world

Circumstances in the DPRK are dire, and lack of new arrivals cuts off key information source

No more defectors? What the drop in numbers means for North Korea and the world
Author Image James Fretwell July 22, 2021
Overtaxed cell network and shoddy construction pose risks in North Korea

Overtaxed cell network and shoddy construction pose risks in North Korea

Poor infrastructure is a potential obstacle to humanitarian work, but the country's people could contribute in a crisis

Overtaxed cell network and shoddy construction pose risks in North Korea
Author Image Chad O'Carroll July 21, 2021
Power, fuel, and roads: North Korea’s severe infrastructure risks

Power, fuel, and roads: North Korea’s severe infrastructure risks

Problems in electricity, fuel supply, poor roads and antiquated vehicles could complicate future humanitarian operations

Power, fuel, and roads: North Korea’s severe infrastructure risks
Author Image Chad O'Carroll July 20, 2021
How North Korea’s poor infrastructure could compound devastation in a disaster

How North Korea’s poor infrastructure could compound devastation in a disaster

Problems in water supply, food security, health care and agriculture could complicate future humanitarian operations

How North Korea’s poor infrastructure could compound devastation in a disaster
Author Image Chad O'Carroll July 19, 2021
North Korean documents suggest economy worse off than previously known

North Korean documents suggest economy worse off than previously known

DPRK’s Five-year Economic Strategy suggests country never fully recovered from ‘90s collapse, population has declined

North Korean documents suggest economy worse off than previously known
Author Image Peter Ward July 15, 2021
Kim family using newly-remodeled ‘amusement park’ boat on east coast: imagery

Kim family using newly-remodeled ‘amusement park’ boat on east coast: imagery

Secluded mansion sees first activity since 2019, suggesting North Korean leader may be in Wonsan again

Kim family using newly-remodeled ‘amusement park’ boat on east coast: imagery
Author Image Colin Zwirko July 13, 2021
Changes to North Korea’s military leadership on display during mausoleum visit

Changes to North Korea’s military leadership on display during mausoleum visit

Kim Jong Un’s visit to Kumsusan last week showcased changes suggesting military’s role in 'grave' COVID-19 incident

Changes to North Korea’s military leadership on display during mausoleum visit
Author Image Martin Weiser July 12, 2021
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