October 26, 2021
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Cigarettes over medicine? Tobacco imports to North Korea lead trade with China

Cigarettes over medicine? Tobacco imports to North Korea lead trade with China

Imports of tobacco products far outstrip medicine, even as DPRK's population remains unvaccinated

Cigarettes over medicine? Tobacco imports to North Korea lead trade with China
Ethan JewellEthan Jewell October 20, 2021
What ‘economic development’ means to Kim Jong Un

What ‘economic development’ means to Kim Jong Un

The North Korean leader's ideas for the economy are much narrower and less transformative than is typically portrayed

What ‘economic development’ means to Kim Jong Un
David FieldsDavid Fields October 18, 2021
As China burns through coal, North Korea steps in to fill the gap

As China burns through coal, North Korea steps in to fill the gap

Influx of illicit North Korean coal fuels concerns that shipments will continue even after Chinese energy crisis ends

As China burns through coal, North Korea steps in to fill the gap
Ethan JewellEthan Jewell October 15, 2021
North Korea’s official oil imports tick up but remain far below its needs

North Korea’s official oil imports tick up but remain far below its needs

Sanctions and the pandemic have battered imports of refined petroleum, but smuggling may cover part of the gap

North Korea’s official oil imports tick up but remain far below its needs
Ethan JewellEthan Jewell October 6, 2021
North Korea in September 2021: A month in review and what’s ahead

North Korea in September 2021: A month in review and what’s ahead

An analytical look at the main developments from September 1, 2021 to September 30, 2021

North Korea in September 2021: A month in review and what’s ahead
NK ProNK Pro October 1, 2021
North Korea-China trade may be on the up and up, says South Korean association

North Korea-China trade may be on the up and up, says South Korean association

Trade group says some DPRK factories are seeing pre-pandemic demand levels, though COVID still a limiting factor

North Korea-China trade may be on the up and up, says South Korean association
Ethan JewellEthan Jewell October 1, 2021
North Korea’s ambitious economic targets belie struggles on the ground

North Korea’s ambitious economic targets belie struggles on the ground

The DPRK’s latest five-year plan again sets unrealistic goals, as state media reports provide a veneer of success

North Korea’s ambitious economic targets belie struggles on the ground
Peter WardPeter Ward September 29, 2021
North Korean disinfection zone still not operating despite activity: imagery

North Korean disinfection zone still not operating despite activity: imagery

Reports previously suggested the zone would open in August to help kick-start trade with China

North Korean disinfection zone still not operating despite activity: imagery
Colin ZwirkoColin Zwirko September 23, 2021
Chinese firm boasts of business and connections with North Korean entities

Chinese firm boasts of business and connections with North Korean entities

Firm allegedly helped DPRK acquire point of sale devices that experts say could strengthen state control over economy

Chinese firm boasts of business and connections with North Korean entities
Ethan JewellEthan Jewell September 10, 2021
North Korea in August 2021: A month in review and what’s ahead

North Korea in August 2021: A month in review and what’s ahead

An analytical look at the main developments from August 1, 2021 to August 31, 2021

North Korea in August 2021: A month in review and what’s ahead
NK ProNK Pro September 3, 2021
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