May 21, 2022


Chad O'Carroll

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


Pyongyang orders residents indoors due to dust storm, not COVID outbreak

Directive appears tied to concerns dust can carry virus, counter to South Korean media report on lockdown due to fevers

Chad O'CarrollChad O'CarrollMay 5, 2022

North Korea fires missile from Pyongyang area days ahead of Yoon’s inauguration

Photo seen by NK News shows white plume of smoke above capital, as South Korea and Japan confirm projectile launch


Some North Koreans hack their smart devices to get around state controls: Report

Experts say activity driven by desire for more device flexibility, not necessarily interest in outside information

Chad O'CarrollChad O'CarrollApril 28, 2022

North Korea begins military parade marking key holiday, NK News confirms

Event comes after 12 illuminated objects overflew the city, which may have been high-altitude helicopters or drones

Chad O'CarrollChad O'Carroll | Jeongmin KimApril 25, 2022

North Korean parade likely imminent: Kim Il Sung Square busy and roads closed

Likely military parade could begin as early as twilight, but it’s unclear when state media will air footage

Chad O'CarrollChad O'CarrollApril 25, 2022

No obvious parade sounds in Pyongyang, but Kim Il Sung square illuminated

Absence of sound of low flying aircraft and fireworks means unclear if midnight format being used

Chad O'CarrollChad O'CarrollApril 25, 2022

Source reports hearing jet sounds over Pyongyang in latest apparent flyover

Third time jets seem to fly over DPRK capital since last week as Seoul monitors preparations for military parade

Chad O'CarrollChad O'Carroll | Chaewon ChungApril 21, 2022

Sounds of midnight military parade heard in Pyongyang, sources say

Jets and helicopters heard flying over capital at night in sign of military parade, with fireworks heard around midday

Chad O'CarrollChad O'CarrollApril 15, 2022

Jets heard over Pyongyang in possible practice for night-time parade: Sources

Midnight flyover comes just days before likely large-scale military parade to celebrate Kim Il Sung’s 110th birthday

Chad O'CarrollChad O'Carroll | Ethan JewellApril 12, 2022

Does war in Ukraine make it more likely that North Korea will invade the South?

Experts say US army and wealth gap between Koreas may give Kim Jong Un pause — but few around him will tell him no

Chad O'CarrollChad O'CarrollApril 6, 2022