January 26, 2022


Chad O'Carroll

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


Rare flight through North Korean airspace comes as cruise missiles soar

Airlines seldom fly over the DPRK due to risks from such missile tests and to avoid sanctions complications

Chad O'CarrollChad O'Carroll | Ethan JewellJanuary 25, 2022

Fresh food prices remain ‘shockingly high’ in North Korean capital

Sources say oranges selling for $27/kg, with no signs that imported goods have been delivered to Pyongyang’s main market

Chad O'CarrollChad O'CarrollJanuary 24, 2022

Foreign envoys downbeat about North Korean border reopening in near future

Diplomats tell NK Pro that suspended embassy operations could have long-term consequences even after the pandemic ends

Chad O'CarrollChad O'Carroll | Ethan JewellJanuary 24, 2022

Two years on: Humanitarian consequences of North Korea’s border lockdown

With the return of aid workers to the DPRK nowhere in sight, conditions for the most vulnerable are likely worsening

Chad O'CarrollChad O'Carroll | Ethan JewellJanuary 21, 2022

The new normal? Experts see little hope for full restart of North Korean trade

Even after resumption of overland trade, erratic policy-making and new virus strains could reverse progress in 2022

Chad O'CarrollChad O'Carroll | Ethan JewellJanuary 17, 2022
Border Controls

North Korea to allow imports via train from China in first since 2020: Sources

Train set to cross into North Korea on Monday as the country faces shortages from prolonged pandemic restrictions

Chad O'CarrollChad O'Carroll | Colin ZwirkoJanuary 16, 2022

Too little, too late? Understanding Washington’s latest North Korea sanctions

Unilateral sanctions substitute for broader UN action and draw attention to overseas DPRK activities, experts say

Chad O'CarrollChad O'CarrollJanuary 14, 2022

A foreign media failure? Evaluating 10 years of the AP bureau in Pyongyang

Journalists and experts say access has worsened, but most insist that on-the-ground reporting remains valuable

Chad O'CarrollChad O'CarrollJanuary 4, 2022
Expert Surveys

Expert round-up: What to make of North Korea’s New Year’s plenum readout

Kim Jong Un revealed little about foreign policy and military plans for 2022, while prioritizing agriculture

Chad O'CarrollChad O'Carroll | Chaewon ChungJanuary 1, 2022

Plenum’s agriculture focus suggests dire food shortages in North Korea: analysts

Issues tied to domestic food supply featured prominently at party meeting, a possible sign of major economic problems

Chad O'CarrollChad O'Carroll | Chaewon ChungJanuary 1, 2022
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