Min Chao Choy is a data journalist for NK News and NK Pro, currently based in Los Angeles.
The most suspicious ship, the Mi Yang 5, was placed on a banned vessels list by the U.S. Coast Guard in 2018
Reported trade rose to over $9 million, marking half of the pre-pandemic average and the best month of 2020 yet
While China increased exports to 500 items in July, no fresh fruit, meat or elite treats were among the 40 food products
False identities are providing cover for DPRK ships on the Nampho-Zhoushan route to smuggle coal, despite sanctions
At least 17 DPRK-linked ships traversed Chinese waters as authorities turn a blind eye to illicit shipping
Chinese fuel exports to North Korea dipped during the global pandemic, but overall fuel supply remains stable
Despite harsh restrictions, top-down trends will likely spread internet access from the elites to ordinary North Koreans
30 horses sent during construction on mansion-complex's new track, harkening back to Kim's 2019 ride up "holy" mountain
In addition to 25,000 tonne food aid shipment, majority of goods related to construction, medicine
Nam Chol Ung smuggled North Korean counterfeit tobacco through Southeast Asia and ran popular “Korean” restaurant
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