September 29, 2020


Leo Byrne

Leo Byrne was the Data and Analytic Director at NK News. Follow him on twitter @LeoPByrne


Chinese oil exports to North Korea increase in July: data

Exports following a similar pattern to 2018

Leo Byrne September 16, 2019

How a new UN sanctions report reveals the limits of Chinese cooperation

Biegun says Beijing working with the U.S., but images suggest DPRK coal smuggling in Chinese waters

Leo Byrne September 13, 2019

Corrected: North Korean Won rising against the Euro since April: data

Drop may be more of a correction for an overvalued Euro

Leo Byrne September 6, 2019

Satellite imagery shows major construction outside DPRK’s West Sea Barrage

Construction began in August 2018 and progressed steadily over the 12 months, though purpose remains unclear

Leo Byrne September 4, 2019

Updated imagery shows abrupt turnaround in trade at North Korean port

The number of containers increased rapidly at the end of August

Leo Byrne September 3, 2019

North Korean-registered ship apparently sailing “stateless”

The DPRK-registered ship was previously sailing under a Cambodian flag

Leo Byrne September 2, 2019

The K Morning: the odd voyages of a suspected DPRK coal smuggler

Satellite imagery potentially captured the vessel loading coal before its most recent journey

Leo Byrne August 29, 2019

Satellite imagery shows no activity at North Korean container port

Number of containers at the facility trending downward throughout the summer months

Leo Byrne August 27, 2019

North Korean ship leaves Shanghai following position transmission blackouts

DPRK vessel has been loitering in the area for weeks apparently without entering ports

Leo Byrne August 23, 2019

As sanctions escalated, DPRK beefed up fuel storage facilities near Nampho

Second half of 2017 and early 2018 saw new infrastructure build-up

Leo Byrne August 22, 2019
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