June 01, 2023


Chad O'Carroll

Chad O'Carroll is the founder of NK News/NK Pro and related holding company Korea Risk Group. In addition to being the group's CEO, O'Carroll is a frequent writer and commentator about the Koreas, having written about the two nations since 2010. He has visited the DPRK multiple times, worked and lived in Washington, D.C. with a focus on peninsula issues, and lived in the ROK since 2016.


What to make of conflicting signs about a North Korean border reopening

Uptick in specific rumors suggests DPRK preparing to eventually end COVID controls, but timing remains in question

Chad O'CarrollChad O'CarrollMay 31, 2023

Seoul under fire for issuing ‘wartime alert’ over North Korean satellite launch

Experts say sirens and evacuation warnings don’t reflect real danger and risk eroding public trust in alert system

Chad O'CarrollChad O'CarrollMay 31, 2023
Border Controls

Chinese ambassador thanks North Korea for allowing ‘special’ entry in March

Remark appears to confirm DPRK made one-off exception to COVID controls to allow Wang Yajun to take up post in Pyongyang

Chad O'CarrollChad O'CarrollMay 29, 2023

North Korea protests denial of Dutch visas for women’s football tournament

Statement implies DPRK intended to send team in June, though expert says this doesn’t mean it will ease border controls


Russian envoy to North Korea says diplomats preparing to leave, cites shortages

Alexander Matsegora throws cold water on rumors of imminent border reopening, decries ‘isolation’ and ‘health problems’

Chad O'CarrollChad O'CarrollMay 26, 2023

US announces new sanctions targeting North Korean cyber crime, IT workers

Designations against four entities and individual come as US warns tech sector about working with remote DPRK IT workers

Chad O'CarrollChad O'CarrollMay 24, 2023

North Korea sanctions panel avoids extended disruption after 11th-hour agreement

UK coordinator for UN Panel of Experts to step down following Russian and Chinese opposition to his role, sources say

Chad O'CarrollChad O'CarrollMay 11, 2023

What the official end of COVID emergency means for North Korea’s border controls

Pyongyang has closely monitored news from WHO, suggesting that downgrading of pandemic could trigger policy changes

Chad O'CarrollChad O'CarrollMay 9, 2023

Future of North Korea sanctions panel in limbo amid UN Security Council dispute

China and Russia’s opposition to UK member on Panel of Experts could paralyze its work if not resolved soon, sources say

Chad O'CarrollChad O'CarrollMay 3, 2023

Chinese travel agency claims North Korea will open for tourism in June

Dalian firm advertises multiday trip, but source notes false rumors of reopening have circulated near border for months

Chad O'CarrollChad O'CarrollApril 27, 2023
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