April 23, 2021


Min Chao Choy

Min Chao Choy

Min Chao Choy is a data journalist for NK News and NK Pro. Choy specializes in news and analysis relating to DPRK shipping and aviation movements, sanctions, and cyber-security.

Border Controls

Sino-DPRK border city of Dandong tentatively relaxes COVID-19 measures

Dandong begins re-opening of service industry amid concerns of “second wave” from neighboring Heilongjiang province

Author Image Min Chao Choy April 29, 2020
Featured Content

Singaporean implicated in luxury exports has longtime North Korea connections

Jordan Cheang owned Benata Business Centre and supermarkets, prior interviews show

Author Image Chad O'Carroll| Min Chao Choy April 29, 2020

In a hard news vacuum, the Kim Jong Un health rumor mill goes into overdrive

Dead, alive, abducted by aliens - speculation on the North Korean leader has been running rampant across the internet

Author Image Jacob Fromer| Min Chao Choy April 28, 2020

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

Author Image Min Chao Choy April 28, 2020

North Koreans asked Singaporean contacts for help sourcing COVID-19 test kits

Request from DPRK diplomats reportedly hampered by Pyongyang's "no cases" claims, however

Author Image Min Chao Choy April 22, 2020

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


Italian companies had roles in finishing and shipping Kim Jong Un’s limousines

An “Italian client” and two local companies played role in delivering armored luxury cars to the DPRK, UN says

Author Image Giulia Pompili| Min Chao Choy April 17, 2020

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

Author Image Min Chao Choy April 3, 2020

U.S. official calls on North Korea to release religious prisoners amid pandemic

Religious Freedom Ambassador Brownback expresses concern for religious minorities in the DPRK's “gulag system”

Author Image Min Chao Choy April 2, 2020

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

Author Image Min Chao Choy March 31, 2020