October 24, 2020


Min Chao Choy

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


Unusually quiet ports before and after North Korea’s major Oct. 10 holiday

Chinese fishing season dominates the DPRK’s west coast, but at least one very suspicious vessel was spotted in the east

Min Chao Choy October 21, 2020

North Korea spent $965,000 on a mysterious Russian item in August: Trade data

Aside from the mystery item category, the DPRK also spent serious cash on two powerful turbine engines

Min Chao Choy October 15, 2020

North Korean ships active in September despite ongoing COVID-19 lockdowns

The Longkou-Nampho route and other Shandong Peninsula ports became increasingly popular after primary sea routes closed

Min Chao Choy October 7, 2020

Petroleum exports to North Korea hit rock bottom in August, UN data shows

The DPRK is totally dependent on outside fuel, but prices inside remain stable — meaning that more may be going on

Min Chao Choy October 2, 2020

Truck tires and blood transfusers: Chinese trade to DPRK drops in August

Trade contracted sharply, but truck tires and health equipment surged to new heights in Aug. 2020

Min Chao Choy September 28, 2020

At least 14 North Korean ships disguise themselves in international waters

At least seven pairs of DPRK ships share the same Maritime Mobile Service Identity numbers to conceal their identities

Min Chao Choy September 17, 2020

Accordions and chairs? North Korea’s July exports to Russia hit an all-year high

Accordions and their accessories made up more than 60% of July’s $246,000 export value

Min Chao Choy September 16, 2020

Russia exports more medical goods to North Korea ahead of major hospital opening

Grain aid made up 85% of exports for July 2020, but medical products were the second largest category by value

Min Chao Choy September 14, 2020

Russian fuel giants source of oil worth millions to the DPRK in 2018-19: report

At least 200 shipments to North Korea totalling $26 million tied to Gazprom and Rosneft

Min Chao Choy September 11, 2020

Chinese ships avoid illegally entering North Korean seas as fishing season opens

Ships disappear from location tracking system as they near North Korean border, despite evidence of fishing rights sales

Min Chao Choy September 10, 2020
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