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A centerpiece of Kim Jong Un’s reforms survives push to reassert state control
Analysis

A centerpiece of Kim Jong Un’s reforms survives push to reassert state control

Analysis suggests North Korea has not yet abandoned earlier reforms, even as it has reigned in order contract system

A centerpiece of Kim Jong Un’s reforms survives push to reassert state control
Peter WardPeter Ward October 17, 2023
Sanctions-busting North Korean factory operating in China, evidence suggests
News

Sanctions-busting North Korean factory operating in China, evidence suggests

NK Pro identifies DPRK propaganda at Chinese economic zone, which has seen flurry of activity as COVID controls ease

Sanctions-busting North Korean factory operating in China, evidence suggests
Colin ZwirkoColin Zwirko October 4, 2023
A North Korean ministry returns from dead, and what it means for farming reform
Analysis

A North Korean ministry returns from dead, and what it means for farming reform

DPRK revealed new policies that could incentivize farmers to boost crop output, while also reinforcing state control

A North Korean ministry returns from dead, and what it means for farming reform
Peter WardPeter Ward October 3, 2023
China falling? Why a wary North Korea is monitoring Beijing’s economic woes
Analysis

China falling? Why a wary North Korea is monitoring Beijing’s economic woes

China’s slowing exports, depreciation of yuan and political turmoil at top could drive DPRK to reevaluate foreign ties

China falling? Why a wary North Korea is monitoring Beijing’s economic woes
John PetrushkaJohn Petrushka September 8, 2023
North Korea is creaking open. But foreigners shouldn’t start packing their bags.
Columns

North Korea is creaking open. But foreigners shouldn’t start packing their bags.

Return of DPRK citizens is likely beginning of gradual relaxation of border controls that may take months, or even years

North Korea is creaking open. But foreigners shouldn’t start packing their bags.
Andrei LankovAndrei Lankov August 30, 2023
North Korea’s imitation of foreign brands, from Choco Pie to Dior – Ep. 302
North Korea News Podcast

North Korea’s imitation of foreign brands, from Choco Pie to Dior – Ep. 302

UniKorea staff discuss the DPRK’s copycat products, plus a tour company says DPRK will soon open its borders

North Korea’s imitation of foreign brands, from Choco Pie to Dior – Ep. 302
Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK News August 16, 2023
Last orders: North Korean restaurants close their doors across Southeast Asia
Investigations

Last orders: North Korean restaurants close their doors across Southeast Asia

Sanctions or COVID controls have led to decline in eateries accused of supporting DPRK state, though many remain

Last orders: North Korean restaurants close their doors across Southeast Asia
NK NewsNK News August 4, 2023
Why a far-flung port on North Korea’s periphery could be key to its economy
Analysis

Why a far-flung port on North Korea’s periphery could be key to its economy

China and Russia have recognized Rajin’s importance, and three countries have increasingly seen their interests align

Why a far-flung port on North Korea’s periphery could be key to its economy
Luana Margarete GeigerLuana Margarete Geiger July 26, 2023
North Korea reveals new smartphones, as Kim Jong Un uses likely Chinese model
News

North Korea reveals new smartphones, as Kim Jong Un uses likely Chinese model

NK News analysis suggests DPRK brands are importing components for devices, in apparent sanctions violation by Beijing

North Korea reveals new smartphones, as Kim Jong Un uses likely Chinese model
Colin ZwirkoColin Zwirko July 13, 2023
Why North Korea has reined in firms’ freedom to set their own prices
Analysis

Why North Korea has reined in firms’ freedom to set their own prices

DPRK laws shine light on efforts to reassert control in key economic sectors, a move that could stifle innovation

Why North Korea has reined in firms’ freedom to set their own prices
Peter WardPeter Ward July 12, 2023
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