July 02, 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.

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

News

After over a year’s absence, five North Korean ships appear back in service

Move may be linked to recently-reopened Nampo-Dalian shipping lines, delivery of humanitarian aid

Min Chao Choy April 3, 2020
News

Suspected North Korean-linked smuggling ship detained in Russian port

Yuko Maru classified as a “High Risk Ship," suspected of having ties to Kasatsugu network

Min Chao Choy March 31, 2020
Analysis

North Korea appears to have taken control of junk vessel, now largest in fleet

Ship transferred just a month after U.S. seizure of DPRK's "Wise Honest"

Min Chao Choy March 27, 2020