December 05, 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.

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
News

Chinese food exports to North Korea rose in May, data shows

PRC sent 73 kinds of food products over the border last month, customs figures show

Min Chao Choy June 26, 2020
News

China’s reported oil exports to North Korea return to near-normal rates

Figures may signal a return to usual import levels following coronavirus-related dip in recent months

Min Chao Choy June 24, 2020
Analysis

After over three year absence, six North Korean ships appear back in service

Three of the ships are tankers tied to AIS signals from the Korea Strait, indicating bicoastal oil movement

Min Chao Choy June 12, 2020
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