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COVID-19 impacting North Korea-China trade more than 2017 sanctions, report says

COVID-19 impacting North Korea-China trade more than 2017 sanctions, report says

Total trade with China from January to September fell 73% compared to same 2019 period, according to KITA

COVID-19 impacting North Korea-China trade more than 2017 sanctions, report says
Author Image Min Chao Choy November 27, 2020
North Korea’s trade with China is in freefall, rapidly approaching zero: Customs

North Korea’s trade with China is in freefall, rapidly approaching zero: Customs

No food or medicine imports, only electricity and textiles likely destined for re-export as clothes

North Korea’s trade with China is in freefall, rapidly approaching zero: Customs
Author Image Min Chao Choy November 25, 2020
Empty shelves and food shortages: Why things are looking grim in North Korea

Empty shelves and food shortages: Why things are looking grim in North Korea

Trade data suggests that the DPRK is suffering from a massive trade crash as it protects itself from COVID-19

Empty shelves and food shortages: Why things are looking grim in North Korea
Author Image Min Chao Choy November 23, 2020
North Korean imports from Russia sink to yearly low in 2020, but exports rise

North Korean imports from Russia sink to yearly low in 2020, but exports rise

Drops and rises in trade data come amid North Korea's ongoing COVID-19 border lockdown

North Korean imports from Russia sink to yearly low in 2020, but exports rise
Author Image Min Chao Choy November 18, 2020
North Korea in Oct. 2020: A month review and what’s ahead

North Korea in Oct. 2020: A month review and what’s ahead

An analytical look at the main developments from Oct. 1, 2020 to Oct. 31, 2020

North Korea in Oct. 2020: A month review and what’s ahead
Author Image NK Pro November 3, 2020
Chinese trade with North Korea painfully low in September, food imports bleak

Chinese trade with North Korea painfully low in September, food imports bleak

Trade with China dropped 92% compared to the same period last year, largely due to COVID-19-related border closures

Chinese trade with North Korea painfully low in September, food imports bleak
Author Image Min Chao Choy October 27, 2020
North Korea spent $965,000 on a mysterious Russian item in August: Trade data

North Korea spent $965,000 on a mysterious Russian item in August: Trade data

Aside from the mystery item category, the DPRK also spent serious cash on two powerful turbine engines

North Korea spent $965,000 on a mysterious Russian item in August: Trade data
Author Image Min Chao Choy October 15, 2020
Petroleum exports to North Korea hit rock bottom in August, UN data shows

Petroleum exports to North Korea hit rock bottom in August, UN data shows

The DPRK is totally dependent on outside fuel, but prices inside remain stable — meaning that more may be going on

Petroleum exports to North Korea hit rock bottom in August, UN data shows
Author Image Min Chao Choy October 2, 2020
Truck tires and blood transfusers: Chinese trade to DPRK drops in August

Truck tires and blood transfusers: Chinese trade to DPRK drops in August

Trade contracted sharply, but truck tires and health equipment surged to new heights in Aug. 2020

Truck tires and blood transfusers: Chinese trade to DPRK drops in August
Author Image Min Chao Choy September 28, 2020
Accordions and chairs? North Korea’s July exports to Russia hit an all-year high

Accordions and chairs? North Korea’s July exports to Russia hit an all-year high

Accordions and their accessories made up more than 60% of July’s $246,000 export value

Accordions and chairs? North Korea’s July exports to Russia hit an all-year high
Author Image Min Chao Choy September 16, 2020
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