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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
After years in hiding, a North Korean ship shows its true colors

After years in hiding, a North Korean ship shows its true colors

Records reveal Ji Da 1 cargo vessel likely sailed under the radar for years on behalf of Pyongyang

After years in hiding, a North Korean ship shows its true colors
Ethan JewellEthan Jewell October 13, 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
Timeline: From North and South Korean missile tests to offer to resume hotlines

Timeline: From North and South Korean missile tests to offer to resume hotlines

NK Pro timeline charts the key events from September 1 to September 30

Timeline: From North and South Korean missile tests to offer to resume hotlines
NK ProNK Pro October 1, 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
Sanctioned tankers, cargo ships spotted at North Korean port of Nampho

Sanctioned tankers, cargo ships spotted at North Korean port of Nampho

Their appearance suggests DPRK’s oil trade is ramping up, including by illicit means, amid low official imports

Sanctioned tankers, cargo ships spotted at North Korean port of Nampho
Ethan JewellEthan Jewell September 23, 2021
One of North Korea’s dirtiest businesses may be back amid border lockdown

One of North Korea’s dirtiest businesses may be back amid border lockdown

Ships loaded with coal on the Taedong River could signal a rebound in illicit coal exports, says U.N. member state

One of North Korea’s dirtiest businesses may be back amid border lockdown
Ethan JewellEthan Jewell September 9, 2021
Identity theft: Sanctioned North Korean ship poses as clean tanker

Identity theft: Sanctioned North Korean ship poses as clean tanker

UN report details complex identity swap scheme to evade sanctions using physical modifications and falsified documents

Identity theft: Sanctioned North Korean ship poses as clean tanker
Ethan JewellEthan Jewell September 6, 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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