June 03, 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. She was previously at a news wire covering Asia/Oceania and Cybersecurity.

COVID-19

North Korean imports of antibiotics spiked in April, Chinese trade data shows

China exported 15,000 kg of tetracycline derivatives, cited as a possible treatment for COVID-19, to the DPRK last month

Min Chao Choy May 27, 2020
Analysis

What the latest U.S. sanctions advisory means for North Korean operations at sea

Expected action by industry players will likely further isolate the DPRK from access to international shipping

Min Chao Choy May 21, 2020
News

$4.8 million in alcohol exports to China likely re-exported to North Korea: data

Wine, vodka, and whisky being held in Chinese entrepôt zones potentially being exported on to the DPRK

Min Chao Choy May 19, 2020
Border Controls

Back to business at major North Korean port as quarantine rules relaxed

Ships now regularly traversing Dalian-Nampho water route, data shows, with an average three-day wait at port

Min Chao Choy May 14, 2020
Analysis

MSG nation: monosodium glutamate remains an “essential” good in North Korea

Monosodium glutamate consumption is historically ubiquitous and remains a top imported product

Min Chao Choy May 7, 2020
News

Three vessels sharing invalid MMSI continue journeys to North Korea’s Nampo port

Ships particularly active around a ship-to-ship (STS) transfer hotspot near China's Zhoushan Islands, data shows

Min Chao Choy May 6, 2020
Border Controls

North Korean port back in service as some quarantine measures remain in place

Ships seen transiting in and out of Nampho while some remain anchored in latest satellite imagery

Min Chao Choy May 5, 2020
Analysis

What Chinese trade data reveals about North Korean smoking habits

Tobacco exports are on-par with essential goods, with the average smoker getting through eight cigarettes a day

Min Chao Choy May 1, 2020
News

Chinese tankers with fake MMSI numbers appear near North Korea’s Nampo port

Manipulation of AIS data and lack of IMO numbers reflect trends observed by UN

Min Chao Choy April 28, 2020
Analysis

South Korean firm repeatedly tied to North Korea-linked ship-to-ship transfers

ROK company implicated in encounters with DPRK-flagged and UNSC-designated vessels