January 20, 2021


Min Chao Choy

Min Chao Choy is a data journalist for NK News and NK Pro, currently based in Los Angeles.


Trade between China and North Korea plummeted by 81% in 2020

Total official trade in 2020 fell significantly, but Chinese exports modestly rose at the end of the year

Min Chao Choy January 19, 2021

Cigarette paper sales to North Korea go up in smoke with $2.5 million in fines

An Indonesian firm was hit with two back-to-back fines for violating sanctions with cigarette papers

Min Chao Choy January 18, 2021

Indonesian company fined $1 million for selling cigarette papers to North Korea

U.S. Treasury fined the paper manufacturer for violating sanctions using 28 separate U.S. dollar wire transfers

Min Chao Choy January 15, 2021

Statues in Africa traced back to North Korean artists making money for regime 

A new report suggests that two North Korean artists are using a front company to make the DPRK dollars

Min Chao Choy January 15, 2021

Pacemakers and prosthetics: Russia exports only medical ware to DPRK in November

Data suggests that value of Russian-DPRK trade has fallen to miniscule, record-breaking levels amid second lockdown

Min Chao Choy January 14, 2021

North Korean hacking group weaponized MS Word document in spear phishing attack

APT37 deployed malicious macros in a move that goes beyond a popular South Korean office suite, new report says

Min Chao Choy January 7, 2021

North Korean ships remain idle, with only one possible shipment in late December

Activity at east DPRK coast ports included a single voyage seen leaving China for Nampho on Dec. 25, 2020

Min Chao Choy January 6, 2021

China-DPRK trade was on the rise, but plunged in 2020 over COVID-19

North Korea leaned into unsustainable trade deficits with China, and then COVID-19 disrupted it all

Min Chao Choy January 5, 2021

Ships openly admit to buying illegal fishing permits from North Korea

Chinese and South Korean-flagged ships said they’re involved in potential sanctions-violating acts, new documents show

Min Chao Choy January 1, 2021

DPRK-China trade continues to sputter, making hydropower and soap stand out

New, official Chinese trade data shows that Pyongyang made at least $1 million from electricity exports for November

Min Chao Choy December 28, 2020
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