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North Korea is creaking open. But foreigners shouldn’t start packing their bags.
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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 Lankov
Andrei Lankov August 30, 2023
North Korea’s imitation of foreign brands, from Choco Pie to Dior – Ep. 302
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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 Zwetsloot
Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News August 16, 2023
Last orders: North Korean restaurants close their doors across Southeast Asia

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 News
NK News August 4, 2023
Why a far-flung port on North Korea’s periphery could be key to its economy
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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
North Korea reveals new smartphones, as Kim Jong Un uses likely Chinese model

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 Zwirko
Colin Zwirko July 13, 2023
Why North Korea has reined in firms’ freedom to set their own prices
NK PRO

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 Ward
Peter Ward July 12, 2023
Shocked Soviets: What embassy records reveal about North Korean market activity
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Shocked Soviets: What embassy records reveal about North Korean market activity

Declassified archives show DPRK was a tough place to live even during era now remembered for stability

Shocked Soviets: What embassy records reveal about North Korean market activity
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov July 5, 2023
Ask a North Korean: Why are there so many farms raising the slippery loach fish?

Ask a North Korean: Why are there so many farms raising the slippery loach fish?

The mudfish is a key income source for many, but the state promotes such aquaculture even in ill-suited environments

Ask a North Korean: Why are there so many farms raising the slippery loach fish?
Joshua Kim July 4, 2023
The revolving door: Why people end up quitting the North Korea field

The revolving door: Why people end up quitting the North Korea field

Frustration at lack of progress among factors driving exodus, which some fear could diminish understanding of DPRK

The revolving door: Why people end up quitting the North Korea field
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll June 30, 2023
Russian governor unveils plans for industrial park with North Korea and China

Russian governor unveils plans for industrial park with North Korea and China

Far East official says DPRK’s sanctioned labor resources can help build facility, boost trilateral commerce in future

Russian governor unveils plans for industrial park with North Korea and China
Anton Sokolin
Anton Sokolin June 21, 2023
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