Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein is an Associate Scholar at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, and co-editor of North Korean Economy Watch.
Domestic prices rose as economic affairs dominated an inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang
Despite a large focus on economic development, no signs yet on what this means in practice
Kim Jong Un conducted a record number of visits as reports of loosening sanctions enforcement continued
Amid high-profile summits, factory visits, and diplomatic rapprochement, market prices remained stable
Last month saw Pyongyang reiterate its commitment to autarky and market prices remain stable
Reports on waning Chinese commitment must be understood within the broader context
The now-shuttered project offers some lessons on the limits of North Korean SEZs
Both countries hope to increase economic exchange if political circumstances allow
This year's fluctuations show Beijing can pressure Pyongyang - but other factors are also at work
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