August 19, 2022

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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.

Border Controls

Foreign cigarettes on sale in North Korean capital despite COVID border controls

New photos show American, Chinese and Japanese brands at Pyongyang shops, raising questions about how they entered DPRK

Chad O'CarrollChad O'CarrollAugust 9, 2022
COVID-19

New soju spotted in North Korea, latest addition to diverse liquor market

Recent photos show new 30% blend for sale in Pyongyang despite domestic economic difficulties due to pandemic

Chad O'CarrollChad O'CarrollAugust 4, 2022
News

Reporters question independence of AP’s North Korea bureau after new interview

Transcript published by DPRK features apparently biased questions, in what one reporter calls a ‘journalistic scandal’

Chad O'CarrollChad O'CarrollJuly 28, 2022
News

Prosecutors raid unification ministry over suspected Moon-era wrongdoing

Investigation into hiring practices latest example of ROK presidents' ‘vindictive hounding’ of predecessors, expert says

Chad O'CarrollChad O'Carroll | Sojin JungJuly 27, 2022
Columns

At Panmunjom, North Korea looks more paranoid and isolated than ever before

Relics of inter-Korean rapprochement at Joint Security Area also provide stark reminder of failure of peace efforts

Chad O'CarrollChad O'CarrollJuly 27, 2022
News

UN Command was unaware repatriated North Koreans wanted to defect in 2019: Seoul

Unification minister says UNC was caught off guard when one of two fisherman resisted handover at Panmunjom

Chad O'CarrollChad O'Carroll | Jeongmin KimJuly 26, 2022
NK PRO
Analysis

Talk is growing about Seoul going nuclear. But experts warn of costs involved.

North Korean threats and uncertainty about US are driving debate as South Korea seeks greater control over its defense

Chad O'CarrollChad O'CarrollJuly 26, 2022
News

Seoul preparing to allow access to North Korean media: Unification ministry

Move aims to encourage Pyongyang to open up to South Korean media and would relax ban on viewing DPRK propaganda

Chad O'CarrollChad O'Carroll | Ethan JewellJuly 23, 2022
Featured Content

What if North Korea stops publishing state media for international audiences?

Paranoia about leaks could compel regime to curtail access, cutting off key source of information about DPRK

Chad O'CarrollChad O'CarrollJuly 22, 2022
Border Controls

North Korean side of Panmunjom visibly unkempt as media tours to JSA restart

COVID-19 concerns appear to be cause of ‘abandoned’ state of DPRK side of inter-Korean border, tour guide says

Chad O'CarrollChad O'CarrollJuly 19, 2022
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