September 25, 2020


Chad O'Carroll

Chad O’Carroll has written on North Korea since 2010 and writes between London and Seoul.


North Korea’s killing of a South Korean official spells trouble for Moon Jae-in

The victim’s death likely involved shoot-to-kill orders in place to stop COVID-19 from entering the DPRK. But what now?

Chad O'Carroll September 24, 2020

October surprise? What to expect from North Korea ahead of the 2020 US election

Precedent suggests that Pyongyang is likely to take wait-and-see posture and act later

Chad O'Carroll September 15, 2020

Why 2020 is Kim Jong Un’s most challenging year yet

Sanctions, border closures, COVID-19 and terrible weather are all snowballing into serious problems for the DPRK

Chad O'Carroll August 31, 2020

Pyongyang’s rapidly shrinking expat community: Risks and implications

The loss of embassy and aid workers in the DPRK may lead to dark era of extreme isolation and limited information

Chad O'Carroll| James Fretwell August 25, 2020

Photos: Shops, restaurants and Sinuiju port – a view from Dandong in July

Despite sanctions and the COVID-19 global pandemic, North Korea's imprint on Dandong was easy to see in July 2020

Chad O'Carroll August 5, 2020

VIDEO: Despite COVID-19 fears, train delivers cargo across China-DPRK border

Train cargo includes goods covered in blue tarpaulins while the border bridge appears to be undergoing maintenance

Chad O'Carroll August 3, 2020

COVID-19 in Kaesong? What to make of North Korea’s suspicion of a viral presence

Report on suspected case marks a turning point in North Korea's approach to virus

Chad O'Carroll July 26, 2020

Why North Korea may have tabled its campaign to ramp up inter-Korean tensions

Absence of an inter-Korean CMC agenda item suggests that Pyongyang is giving anti-South Korea plans a deep freeze

Chad O'Carroll July 21, 2020

Six months since border closures, fears of COVID-19 mount in North Korea

Analysis suggests that the DPRK is likely trying to minimize the spread of existing outbreaks

Chad O'Carroll July 8, 2020

North Korean restaurant in Beijing remains open, despite UN sanctions

Pyongyang Unbangwan is one of at least two DPRK-linked eateries operating in the Chinese capital city

Chad O'Carroll June 26, 2020
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