August 13, 2020

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Min Chao Choy

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

Analysis

North Korean ships spotted returning to old coal smuggling routes near Vietnam

The most suspicious ship, the Mi Yang 5, was placed on a banned vessels list by the U.S. Coast Guard in 2018

Min Chao Choy August 4, 2020
Border Controls

North Korean exports to China rise in June after a steep COVID-19 crash

Reported trade rose to over $9 million, marking half of the pre-pandemic average and the best month of 2020 yet

Min Chao Choy July 30, 2020
News

Chinese food exports to North Korea exceed pre-COVID levels, luxury foods absent

While China increased exports to 500 items in July, no fresh fruit, meat or elite treats were among the 40 food products

Min Chao Choy July 27, 2020
Analysis

North Korea uses eight fake ship identities for post-COVID quarantine smuggling

False identities are providing cover for DPRK ships on the Nampho-Zhoushan route to smuggle coal, despite sanctions

Min Chao Choy July 21, 2020
Analysis

North Korean coal smuggling route to China rebounds to pre-COVID activity levels

At least 17 DPRK-linked ships traversed Chinese waters as authorities turn a blind eye to illicit shipping

News

Russia stabilizes fuel exports to North Korea after COVID-19 disruptions

Chinese fuel exports to North Korea dipped during the global pandemic, but overall fuel supply remains stable

Min Chao Choy July 14, 2020
Analysis

Satellite internet in North Korea: past, present, and future

Despite harsh restrictions, top-down trends will likely spread internet access from the elites to ordinary North Koreans

Min Chao Choy July 9, 2020
News

North Korea imported more Russian horses amid new work on elite equestrian parks

30 horses sent during construction on mansion-complex's new track, harkening back to Kim's 2019 ride up "holy" mountain

News

Russian exports to North Korea soared in April, new data shows

In addition to 25,000 tonne food aid shipment, majority of goods related to construction, medicine

Min Chao Choy July 3, 2020
Analysis

Secret partner: North Korean in Thailand behind network of money-making entities

Nam Chol Ung smuggled North Korean counterfeit tobacco through Southeast Asia and ran popular “Korean” restaurant

Min Chao Choy June 30, 2020
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