September 17, 2021


Bryan Betts

Bryan Betts is the Deputy Editor of NK News. He has covered the Koreas for Yonhap News Agency, The Diplomat and Korea Exposé and previously worked as a newspaper reporter in South Carolina and New Mexico.


North Korea self-reports it’s still COVID-free after declining Sinovac vaccines

World Health Organization says DPRK tested 683 more people as Kim Jong Un stresses tighter epidemic prevention

Bryan BettsBryan BettsSeptember 6, 2021

North Korea reports no COVID cases after testing 665 more people

State media continues to emphasize ‘epidemic prevention campaign’ as Pyongyang defends its border lockdown

Bryan BettsBryan BettsAugust 30, 2021

North Korea says it’s still COVID-19 free, develops new testing equipment

New reported technology comes as WHO says total tested in DPRK exceeds 36,000

Bryan BettsBryan BettsAugust 22, 2021

DPRK-China trade inches up in July, but experts say normalization still far off

Overall trade volume remains a fraction of pre-pandemic levels, despite jump in exports to PRC

Bryan BettsBryan BettsAugust 19, 2021

Germany wins sanctions exemption to send COVID test equipment to North Korea

UN grants 9-month window for ‘export of medical equipment for the prevention and control of COVID-19 in the DPRK’

Bryan BettsBryan BettsAugust 18, 2021

North Korea reports no COVID cases amid rumblings of humanitarian aid

DPRK tells WHO it tested 693 people as UNICEF renews sanctions exemption for medical assistance

Bryan BettsBryan BettsAugust 16, 2021

North Korea maintains it’s COVID-free as it prepares vaccine supply chains

Authorities say they tested additional 674 people as DPRK continues to warn of protracted pandemic and antivirus curbs

Bryan BettsBryan BettsAugust 9, 2021

North Korea again reports no COVID cases, as Seoul pushes humanitarian aid

World Health Organization says DPRK tested 681 more people, bringing total tested to over 34,000

Bryan BettsBryan BettsAugust 2, 2021

North Korea tests 691 more people for COVID-19, reports zero positive cases

DPRK claims to have tested a total of 33,889 people, as state media continues to emphasize virus prevention measures

Bryan BettsBryan BettsJuly 27, 2021

Stocks surge in South Korea on hopes of renewed inter-Korean projects

Some firms linked to tourism and manufacturing in DPRK see double-digit growth following news of reconnected hotlines

Bryan BettsBryan BettsJuly 27, 2021