December 10, 2022

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Information related to the North Korea business sector

The flaws in the Bank of Korea’s estimates of North Korean economic activity
NK PRO

The flaws in the Bank of Korea’s estimates of North Korean economic activity

Questionable assumptions underlie researchers’ methods and findings, as DPRK economy remains a statistical black hole

The flaws in the Bank of Korea’s estimates of North Korean economic activity
Peter Ward
Peter Ward August 10, 2022
Chinese trader hawks North Korean food and spirits at new import exhibition

Chinese trader hawks North Korean food and spirits at new import exhibition

New initiative represents significant downscaling from pre-COVID ambitions for greater economic cooperation

Chinese trader hawks North Korean food and spirits at new import exhibition
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell August 10, 2022
Risky business: How a North Korean woman smuggled and bribed her way to success

Risky business: How a North Korean woman smuggled and bribed her way to success

Kim Mi Sook shunned typical women’s jobs for dangerous but profitable ventures, making it big as a money broker

Risky business: How a North Korean woman smuggled and bribed her way to success
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov August 9, 2022
Foreign cigarettes on sale in North Korean capital despite COVID border controls

Foreign cigarettes on sale in North Korean capital despite COVID border controls

New photos show American, Chinese and Japanese brands at Pyongyang shops, raising questions about how they entered DPRK

Foreign cigarettes on sale in North Korean capital despite COVID border controls
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll August 9, 2022
North Korea dismantling more South Korean tourism buildings at Mt. Kumgang
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North Korea dismantling more South Korean tourism buildings at Mt. Kumgang

Satellite imagery reveals recent work to remove theater, hotel and other assets owned by Seoul and Hyundai Asan

North Korea dismantling more South Korean tourism buildings at Mt. Kumgang
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko August 5, 2022
Why South Korea’s biggest chipmakers are betting big on US over China
KOREA PRO

Why South Korea’s biggest chipmakers are betting big on US over China

Samsung and SK Hynix appear on board with US vision for semiconductor alliance with advanced East Asian economies

Why South Korea’s biggest chipmakers are betting big on US over China
Sooyoung Oh
Sooyoung Oh August 4, 2022
North Koreans pose as software developers to infiltrate tech companies: Report
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North Koreans pose as software developers to infiltrate tech companies: Report

Cybersecurity firm says ‘DPRK personas’ appeared to apply for cryptocurrency jobs in effort to raise funds for regime

North Koreans pose as software developers to infiltrate tech companies: Report
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell August 3, 2022
How ride-sharing services like Uber could end Seoul’s dire taxi shortage
KOREA PRO

How ride-sharing services like Uber could end Seoul’s dire taxi shortage

Drivers aren’t returning after industry exodus during pandemic, leaving people stranded even in city center at night

How ride-sharing services like Uber could end Seoul’s dire taxi shortage
Sooyoung Oh
Sooyoung Oh July 26, 2022
Semiconductor wars: South Korea puts chips at center of national security
KOREA PRO

Semiconductor wars: South Korea puts chips at center of national security

New President Yoon Suk-yeol seeks to boost domestic production to shield against future supply chain shocks

Semiconductor wars: South Korea puts chips at center of national security
Kangkyu Lee
Kangkyu Lee July 22, 2022
How North Korean businesses skirted state-set price controls to survive
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How North Korean businesses skirted state-set price controls to survive

Collapse of Soviet Union led Pyongyang to create markets for enterprises to trade, but a backlash rolled back reforms

How North Korean businesses skirted state-set price controls to survive
Peter Ward
Peter Ward July 21, 2022
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