DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea ko Sun, 30 Apr 17 23:44:28 +0900 dailynk logo http://www.dailynk.com/english/img/mark.jpg Political parties go head-to-head on North Korea policy ahead of presidential election http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk02501&num=14494 Panelists debate North Korean policy ahead of the upcoming South Korean presidential election. Image: Daily NKAs the situation on the Korean Peninsula fluctuates with suggestions of a preemptive strike by the US, each political party has shown different approaches to the question of 'dialogue first' vs 'nuclear disarmament first,' ahead of the 19th presidential election. The North Korea policy of each presidential candidate was the headlining topic during a recent panel discussion Seoul hosted by the Korean Council fo..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ji Seung Fri, 28 Apr 17 22:24:53 +0900 5 Cellphone purchases up despite prohibitive costs http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01502&num=14492 Cell phones are now common in the developed world, in what can be considered the ‘Information Age.’ Interestingly, in North Korea, more and more people are also managing to buy cell phones. Special Economic Reporter Kang Mi Jin is here to talk with us about this trend.  We are in an era in which it is easy to call someone in England or the U.S. from South Korea. As time goes on, technology is making life increasingly more convenient for the average person. South Korea’s mobile communications industry only began i..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Unification Media Group Fri, 28 Apr 17 17:09:43 +0900 5 Beleaguered residents further exploited for military contributions http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14493 In preparation for the 85th anniversary of the military’s foundation, the North Korean authorities ordered residents to donate relief items to give to the Korean People's Army [KPA]."The regional authorities set up collection points for daily necessities like soap, wild chives, and tofu in various locations including Masan District of Hyesan City. The materials were collected on April 24 and sent to military bases. Every year, the state collects even small donations of food in the name of supporting the troops," a source f..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Chae Hwan Fri, 28 Apr 17 17:01:44 +0900 5 Sexual attitudes opening up, but restricted by lack of sex education http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01501&num=14491 As the cherry blossoms bloom and spring weather comes to South Korea, it’s also warming up for dating season. Young couples can be seen strolling down the streets holding hands in the warm sun. But how about dating and marriage customs in North Korea? First of all, dating culture in the traditionally conservative North has loosened up a bit recently. Defectors have reported that it is not uncommon for North Koreans to refer to one another using terms borrowed from South Korea such as jagi (honey) and oppa (lit. older ..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ji Seung Thu, 27 Apr 17 15:02:20 +0900 5 Regime bans warrantless house searches to appease residents http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14490 The North Korean authorities have recently announced that judicial institutions should refrain from warrantless arrests and brutal punishments. Following the instructions, security agents are reportedly reducing the number of house searches and restrictions on residents."Recently, the authorities have issued an instruction to judicial organizations including the Ministry of State Security [MSS] (equivalent to South Korea's National Intelligence Service), saying that the restrictions and crackdowns on residents conducted by..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kang Mi Jin Wed, 26 Apr 17 12:24:39 +0900 5 Hair dyeing a popular trend among 'Jangmadang Generation' http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14489 Hair dyeing to lighter shades is reportedly trending among the younger market-oriented generation in North Korea. While some individuals had cautiously dyed their hair a few years ago, it has recently become a wider cultural phenomenon embraced by North Koreans in their 20s and 30s."An increasing number of young people prefer capitalist hairstyles over the old-fashioned Joseon (North Korean) hairstyle. Young people with artificially lightened hair can be frequently seen in the cities of North Hamgyong Province such as Chon..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Chae Hwan Wed, 26 Apr 17 11:31:48 +0900 5 Rice cookers still top North Korean wedding registry http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01502&num=14488 As winter makes way for the warmer spring weather, it becomes a popular time for weddings in both South and North Korea. In today’s segment, we’re going to look at wedding gifts in North Korea with reporter Kang Mi Jin. The weather outside seems to be growing warmer every day. People say that it’s easiest to catch a cold during the transition between seasons, so I hope everyone’s taking care of their health. Today, we will discuss one of the most important gifts on the wedding registry in North Korea: the rice pot.&nb..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Unification Media Group Wed, 26 Apr 17 10:54:27 +0900 5 Trafficked into China with no escape for 15 years http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00100&num=14487 Today we are continuing our conversation with Ms. Go Ji Un, a human trafficking victim who was sold to a husband in China. Ms. Go spent 15 years living illegally in China. She has come to offer her testimony regarding the human rights violations that North Korean females are regularly subjected to in China. Thanks for joining us again. Last week, we discussed how you were trafficked into China. Do you continue to live with the man you were sold to? It was hard living with a Chinese man, so we separated after a li..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Unification Media Group Tue, 25 Apr 17 17:31:51 +0900 5 http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14486 ▲ North Korea revealed what appeared to be two new intercontinental missiles at the military parade on April 15. Image: Yonhap News AgencyAfter watching the extensive military parade held in Pyongyang to mark the 105th anniversary of Kim Il Sung's birthday, some residents in the border areas are expressing concerns about the implications for their livelihoods.Of particular concern is that China, North Korea’s long-time ally, did not send a delegation to the parade."Residents in the border areas are well aware of current ev..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Chae Hwan Mon, 24 Apr 17 15:03:56 +0900 5 South Korea must factor into US-China cooperation on North Korea http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk03600&num=14485 Following the recent US-China summit, China has taken unexpected measures against North Korea, including returning North Korean coal, canceling flights to Pyongyang, and suspending tourism to the country.President Trump has hinted at a deal between Washington and Beijing, tweeting, "Why would I call China a currency manipulator when they are working with us on the North Korean problem? We will see what happens!” It is welcome news that the US and China, the world's two great powers, have started to cooperate in solvin..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Ahn Jong Sik, Deputy Head, SBS Political Department Mon, 24 Apr 17 13:35:36 +0900 5 Ryomyong Street a 'shield' for the Kim family mausoleum http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14484 The North Korean authorities have launched a propaganda campaign to promote Kim Jong Un's benevolence, emphasizing the recently completed high-rise apartments built in Pyongyang's Ryomyong Street. However, local sources report that among the residents, the project is seen as nothing more than an attempt to further consolidate the security of those in power, and shows a disregard for the wider public.With the exception of some buildings, the majority of the new apartments have been given to cadres and personnel affiliated w..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Choi Song Min, Kim Ga Young Mon, 24 Apr 17 13:25:51 +0900 5 1994 nuclear crisis in retrospect: Assessing likelihood of US pre-emptive strike http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk03600&num=14483 Aggressive rhetoric from the current US administration has raised the question of whether the US will consider using force as an option to address the North Korean nuclear threat. Unlike previous US presidents, some observers are predicting that the Trump administration is willing to carry out such actions without prior consultation and coordination with South Korea. In order to assess this possibility, it is helpful to revisit the 1994 nuclear crisis, when the U.S. seriously considered a unilateral strike on the Nort..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Ahn Jong Sik, Deputy Head, SBS Political Department Fri, 21 Apr 17 17:12:36 +0900 5 Panel of international experts leads the charge for freedom of information in North Korea http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00100&num=14482 The stated mission of International Solidarity for Freedom of Information in North Korea (ISFINK) is to help North Korean residents secure access to outside information. The organization is hosting a panel of international experts to explore realistic practices to advance the cause of freedom of information in North Korea. ISFINK is inviting North Korean human rights activists, researchers specializing in North Korea, IT experts, and other analysts to join the panel and discuss safe, efficient methods to improve acces..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ga Young Fri, 21 Apr 17 15:59:33 +0900 5 North Korea increases student visits to anti-U.S. education facility http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14481 Posters at the Sinchon Museum of American War Atrocities located in Sinchon County (South Hwanghae Province). Image: KCTVAmid stern U.S. rhetoric on North Korea, the regime is ratcheting up its efforts to increase hostility among its population toward Americans. These efforts include an uptick in compulsory visits to the Sinchon Museum of American War Atrocities, a longstanding fixture of anti-American education aimed at ‘ideologically arming’ the population."The number of students visiting the Sinchon Museum has sign..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kang Mi Jin Fri, 21 Apr 17 14:53:14 +0900 5 North Korean espionage operations target South Korea's presidential election http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00100&num=14480 The Korea Institute of Liberal Democracy held a seminar on North Korean political espionage interference and the South Korean presidential election,' on April 17. Image: Daily NKNorth Korea is actively using pro-North websites and social media networks to encourage a fear of war in an apparent attempt to influence South Korea's upcoming snap presidential election.Yoo Dong Ryul, Director of the Korea Institute of Liberal Democracy commented during a seminar on April 17 that "North Korea is actively using its websites i..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Bae Min Kwon, intern Fri, 21 Apr 17 14:39:19 +0900 5 Park Chung Hee's 100th to follow Kim Il Sung's 105th http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk03600&num=14479 April is a month when nature and people rejuvenate and enjoy the promise of spring. The emerging blossoms and sprouts imbue a sense of wonder and excitement. The middle of this fine month also marks the arrival of Kim Il Sung's birth anniversary, for which the North Korean authorities undertake significant efforts in preparing for the celebrations.In the mid-1960s, when the Ten Principles for the Establishment of a Monolithic Ideological System was established, the North Korean regime began to create an unparalleled cult o..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Lee Young Jin, Research Fellow of the Institute of North Korea Studies (former director of North Korean intelligence service director in North Korea) Thu, 20 Apr 17 13:52:00 +0900 5 Regime ramps up construction of memorial stones glorifying Kim Jong Un http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14478 A memorial stone commemorating on-site inspections by Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il, and Kim Jong Un, released by North Korean media on April 28 2016. Image: Yonhap News AgencyThe North Korean authorities have ordered residents and soldiers to build new memorial stones for Kim Jong Un as part of a wider idolization campaign to promote his legitimacy as a leader from the royal bloodline."Recently, the regions that have previously received a personal site visit from Kim Jong Un are going to have new memorial stones celebrating th..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kang Mi Jin Wed, 19 Apr 17 17:59:58 +0900 5 Illusion and Design: North Korean Architecture http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk03600&num=14476 On April 13, a dedication ceremony was held to mark the completion of the Ryomyong Street construction project. Image: Rodong Sinmun [North Korea’s party-run publication]. At the height of bitter conflict during the Korean War in 1951, Kim Il Sung recalled architect Kim Jong Hee, who was on an academic exchange program in Moscow at the time, to return to the ruins of Pyongyang and create a detailed restoration plan for the city. Kim Jong Hee modeled the city’s subsequent design on concepts reflected in the 1848 Communist M..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Lee Jong Seok, President, Aid Architecture Tue, 18 Apr 17 17:32:01 +0900 5 What would Kim Il Sung think of Kim Jong Un's fearpolitik? http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00300&num=14475 The Kim family has maintained power in North Korea through fearpolitik, referred to as the “reign of terror.” While Kim Jong Il was thought to be a more cunning manipulator of people, Kim Jong Un has shown a penchant for ruthlessly purging senior executives and his own family members. But the concept of fearpolitik is not new to the North Korean population, because Kim Il Sung also secured his dominance through merciless purges of the political elite decades ago. Today, we will revisit the history of fearpolitik in North K..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Choi Song Min Tue, 18 Apr 17 16:11:24 +0900 5 Students, residents forced to prep for regime's lavish April events http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14474 April is packed with political events in North Korea, from Kim Il Sung's birthday on the 15th to the Korean People’s Army Foundation Day on the 25th. But these celebrations are not all fun and games for ordinary residents. On the contrary, to prepare for the anniversary events and military inspections that occur throughout the month, a general mobilization order has been handed down to Pyongyang residents and military personnel. To fund the events, the authorities are demanding financial contributions. “Military units..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Choi Song Min Mon, 17 Apr 17 15:58:48 +0900 5 Obscure aims blur sanctions efficacy debate http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk02501&num=14473 The international community has long struggled to rein in North Korea’s nuclear program. Initial diplomatic efforts have focused on normalizing relations through the proposal of joint agreements and multilateral negotiations, such as the Six Party Talks. When it became clear that these conciliatory gestures were failing, sanctions became the preferred foreign policy. In the wake of North Korea’s two nuclear detonations in 2016, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) imposed some of the most comprehensive sanctions to d..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Soo Kim Sat, 15 Apr 17 13:13:20 +0900 5 Supreme People's Assembly alludes to 'diplomacy' over 'nuclear weapons' http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00400&num=14472 North Korea reinstated its Diplomatic Commission, which was abolished during the Kim Jong Il era in 1998, during the fifth session of the 13th Supreme People's Assembly held on April 11. The measure appears to be a stepping stone to address the country's diplomatic isolation. The long-standing policy of simultaneous pursuit of economic and nuclear development was not mentioned.According to analysts, the decisions made at the Supreme People's Assembly are likely the result of a strategic calculation, as they are in sharp co..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ga Young Sat, 15 Apr 17 12:45:03 +0900 5 MSS agents go deep undercover, disguise themselves as goat herders http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14471 North Korea’s Ministry of State Security has ratcheted up its efforts to arrest residents making international calls with Chinese mobile phones. In one recent incident, agents reportedly disguised themselves as goat herders to try and make an arrest."On April 5 in Hyesan City, two residents were nearly apprehended while making a call to South Korea. The MSS agents were disguised as goat herders, and apparently the disguise was quite believable,” a source in Ryanggang Province told Daily NK on April 12."The residents are sa..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Chae Hwan Sat, 15 Apr 17 12:42:17 +0900 5 Why the 'civilization' gap will hinder reunification efforts http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00100&num=14470 Reunification of the Korean peninsula will be a significant challenge largely due to the cultural differences between the North and South. It is therefore important to promote the concept of “cultural unification.” Let’s start by looking at just a few of the differences between North and South.  The difference between people in one particular society liking pets and another society not liking pets is a minor cultural difference. However, if people in Society A think it is morally wrong to abuse pets while no such tabo..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Daily NK Fri, 14 Apr 17 15:12:40 +0900 5 Bribery thrives despite Ministry of State Security investigation http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14469 Ministry of State Security agents in the border regions are soliciting bribes in return for leniency toward the use of Chinese mobile phones. Such bribery continues unabated, despite a wide-ranging investigation into the surveillance body’s abuse of power, highlighting the fact that bribery is an unchanging facet of life in North Korea."Recently in Pochon County, a security agent openly requested money from a resident who was caught making a call to a Chinese trading partner. The agent proposed dismissing the charges in re..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Chae Hwan Fri, 14 Apr 17 15:04:18 +0900 5 Many North Koreans hostile to regime's pursuit of nuclear weapons http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00300&num=14468 Evidence suggests that the North Korean regime is preparing for its sixth nuclear test. It is believed that Kim Jong Un sees nuclear weapons as essential to the survival of his dictatorship.The parallel pursuit of economic and nuclear development as the major strategic goal of the Party was announced during the Central Committee meeting held in March, 2013. After witnessing the downfall of the Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, and in the aftermath of the Arab Spring, Kim Jong Un’s resolve to pursue nuclear development has l..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Choi Song Min Fri, 14 Apr 17 14:59:59 +0900 5 Homegrown beverages take off http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01502&num=14467 It's time for another session of Market Trends. It seems that beverages are taking a bigger share of the market these days. We'll delve deeper into the details with Daily NK reporter Kang Mi Jin.As the weather turns warmer with spring, many people are stocking up on refreshments to combat the dry weather and stay hydrated. Today, I’d like to talk about the sweet beverages for sale in North Korea that are actually replacing Chinese-made beverages as the most popular choices. I personally like fruits such as oranges, ap..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Unification Media Group Thu, 13 Apr 17 16:36:33 +0900 5 Human trafficking victim shares her harrowing journey to freedom http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00100&num=14466 Calls are mounting to hold those in the North Korean leadership accountable for crimes against humanity. The Center for Investigation & Documentation on Human Rights in North Korea was established in Seoul to document abuses perpetrated by the North Korean authorities and record the testimonies of victims of abuse. One of its major goals is to prepare the groundwork for a legal basis to prosecute those responsible in the North's leadership.In order to understand the importance of why South Korea and the international c..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Unification Media Group Wed, 12 Apr 17 20:38:40 +0900 5 Deification of Kim Il Sung no match for marketization http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14464 April 15 will mark the 105th anniversary of Kim Il Sung's birthday, a day imbued with important political meaning for Kim Jong Un and an optimal opportunity to call hearts and minds back to the positive associations people continue to make with his grandfather and life under his rule. However, as residents tap into direct and indirect lines of communication with the outside world, the successful implementation of such strategies is growing increasingly difficult for the regime.According to local sources, few people volunta..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kang Mi Jin Tue, 11 Apr 17 17:59:32 +0900 5 Implications of the crackdown on cottage industries http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00400&num=14463 The North Korean authorities have begun warning residents of coming inspections as part of a crackdown on home-based shops. The announcement has come despite no official change in the country’s laws or regulations relating to market activities. Although there have not yet been any reports of the authorities imposing fines, they have vowed to inflict punishment on those who continue to operate cottage industries outside of the official government-sanctioned general markets.There are many potential reasons for the sudden cra..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Lee Sang Yong Tue, 11 Apr 17 17:55:56 +0900 5 Report: China accounts for more than 90% of North Korea's total trade http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00100&num=14462 It has been reported that trade with China comprised more than 90% of North Korea's total volume of trade last year. As sanctions from the international community against the North begin to bite, North Korea's dependence on China appears to have only deepened.According to data from the International Trade Center (ITC) of the World Trade Organization, North Korea’s total trade volume last year was 6.02 billion USD (6.8 trillion KPW), with exports accounting for 2.83 billion USD (3.2 trillion KPW) and imports at 3.19 billion..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Bae Min Kwon, intern Tue, 11 Apr 17 17:44:45 +0900 5 Security officers illegally break into home, arrest woman http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14461 A woman in her fifties has been arrested in Ryanggang Province’s Kimjongsuk County after attempting to resist arrest with a kitchen knife when Ministry of State Security officers broke into her home illegally. The officers were reportedly conducting a crackdown on international phone calls at the time. Sources in the area with direct knowledge of the incident told Daily NK that when the officers broke into the woman’s property, she screamed out and threatened the officers, causing them to physically assault and arrest..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Chae Hwan Mon, 10 Apr 17 10:52:25 +0900 5 Moving North Korea policy past abstraction and towards reality http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk02500&num=14460 Government transitions in Seoul and Washington are prompting both countries to re-evaluate their North Korea policy. In South Korea, the debate is focusing on how to replace the Park administration’s “TrustPolitik.” The policy aims to achieve denuclearization and unification with a step-by-step model, but has not dissuaded the North to give up its missile and nuclear development. Choi Jin Wook (image left) is Director of the Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU). He sat down with Daily NK to discuss these matters..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ga Young Mon, 10 Apr 17 10:43:56 +0900 5 Criticism takes hold in wake of Kim Jong Nam's death http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14459 In recent weeks, Daily NK has heard rising and unprecedented criticisms of Kim Jong Un from its sources in North Korea as the news of Kim Jong Nam's murder continues to spread throughout the country by word-of-mouth.Although the case appears to be coming to a close as Malaysia has released Kim Jong Nam's body and the three North Koreans wanted for questioning over his murder, the case is still a hot topic within North Korea as more of the population learns of the story. Criticism is rising among the residents, as most beli..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Choi Song Min Mon, 10 Apr 17 10:30:08 +0900 5 Will North Korea break away from the 'balance point'? http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk03600&num=14458 President Trump has stated that the US is willing to act unilaterally on North Korea if China does not act to rein in its nuclear program. Furthermore, comments about kinetic military options are becoming increasingly common rhetoric amid the fraught geopolitics of Northeast Asia. In response, North Korea has shown no intention of shying away from additional provocations. Analysts predict that additional nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches will occur during the month of April, which include Kim Il Sung's birthday ..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Ahn Jong Sik, Deputy Head, SBS Political Department Mon, 10 Apr 17 10:04:02 +0900 5 North Korean youth reject coercion to join state enterprises http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14457 Although the North Korean authorities are urging younger people to work at state-run enterprises, such efforts are being rebuffed due to the perceived lack of benefits offered by these workplaces.Working in the market is generally seen as a more reliable money-earner than the state-run enterprises, which often do not guarantee a regular income at all, let alone enough to survive on. The "market generation" who have managed to stabilize their livelihoods through market activity are said to be ridiculing those who consider w..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Chae Hwan Fri, 07 Apr 17 18:38:17 +0900 5 Defectors barred from South Korean matchmaker services http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01501&num=14455 “What’s your marriage score? Find out for free!” Hyung Jik (pseudonym) is a 38-year-old defector from North Korea. On his smartphone one day, he decided to search for the keywords 'free' and 'marriage,' and landed on a website offering to inform users of their "marriage score." After staring at the website’s picture of a well-matched couple for a while, Hyung Jik clicked the button. He proceeded through a quick ‘yes or no’ survey, and ended up clicking through to the end. That’s when he received a call from a com..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ji Seung Thu, 06 Apr 17 17:28:43 +0900 5 Woman arrested on border for data leak attempt http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14456 In the midst of heightened border security during a nationwide investigation into the Ministry of State Security, a North Korean woman has been arrested in the Sino-North Korea border area while attempting to provide domestic lecture materials to an external third party. "There are instructions to complete the investigation of the Ministry of State Security (MSS) before the Day of the Sun (Kim Il Sung's birthday), so control over residents in the border areas has been strengthened. A few days ago, a woman was arrested..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kang Mi Jin Thu, 06 Apr 17 17:00:15 +0900 5 Inspired by film about peasant rebellion, residents fume about injustice http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14454 North Korean residents are reflecting on inequality in their society for which the regime is responsible, thanks to the renewed popularity of a historical movie called Im Kkeok Jung. The movie depicts a 1559 peasant rebellion by a band of thieves who set up camp in an egalitarian mountain village called Chongsokgol. Although ordinary residents struggle through the annual food shortages associated with the ‘agricultural hardship period,’ North Korea’s political cadres live in luxury apartments packed with South Korean ..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Chae Hwan Wed, 05 Apr 17 17:27:39 +0900 5 Trump emphasizes China's role in resolving the North Korean nuclear issue http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00400&num=14453 US President Donald Trump has emphasized China's role in resolving North Korea-related issues prior to the first US-China summit scheduled for April 6-7.President Trump stated that if China continues to cooperate with North Korea, the US will act alone, telling the Financial Times that “if China is not going to solve North Korea, we will.” Many analysts predict that the US may be preparing to act without the support of China, as China has been reluctant to pressure North Korea. Last week, the US Treasury Department bl..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ga Young Wed, 05 Apr 17 17:00:31 +0900 5 Ministry of Unification refutes allegations regarding closure of Kaesong http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00100&num=14451 The Ministry of Unification has issued a statement refuting claims circulating in some South Korean media that it allegedly requested that the Kaesong Industrial Complex continue operations on a diminished scale rather than a complete shutdown in February last year."Claims that the Ministry of Unification opposed the closing of the Kaesong Complex and requested the South Korean government to run it at a reduced scale are not true,” Lee Deok Haeng (a spokesperson for the Ministry of Unification) reported during a regular br..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ga Young Tue, 04 Apr 17 18:05:40 +0900 5 Evolving past sanctions to deal with North Korea http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00400&num=14450 Evidence suggests that North Korea is preparing to conduct its sixth nuclear test. The regime has declared its intention to turn the country into a nuclear power this year, defying warnings and sanctions from the international community. None of the measures enacted to date have succeeded in dampening Pyongyang’s drive to develop nuclear weapons. The tendency to rely on economic sanctions alone as the solution to North Korea’s nuclear program is becoming a problem. While sanctions may be crucial in stalling North Kore..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ga Young Tue, 04 Apr 17 18:02:25 +0900 5 Knock-on effects of Kim Jong Nam assassination don't serve Pyongyang's interests http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00400&num=14449 The body of Kim Jong Un’s murdered half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, and two North Korean suspects previously held on suspicion of participating in the attack are being flown back to North Korea, signaling that the Kim Jong Nam saga may be coming to a close. The departures come 45 days after Kim was assassinated with VX poison gas at Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The episode saw the dispatch of a high-ranking North Korean delegation, a stubborn refusal by North Korea to permit Malaysian nationals from leavi..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ga Young Mon, 03 Apr 17 09:53:13 +0900 5 http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00100&num=14448 The South Korean police force has initiated an investigation into a hacker who reportedly impersonated the public relations team of the National Police Agency (NPA) to spread malicious code via email. The same method of attack has been used by North Korean hackers in the past.    According to reports received by Daily NK on March 28, an email entitled, "Precautionary rules for hacking attacks" was released on the morning of March 27, as a spear phishing attack targeting specific personnel related to defector orga..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Seong Hwan Mon, 03 Apr 17 09:40:24 +0900 5 Residents forced to support Samjiyon development http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14447 The North Korean authorities are reportedly pressuring residents to pay for food and safety equipment for construction workers in Samjiyon County, Ryanggang Province, prompting complaints among residents across the country.Although the contributions are supposedly voluntary, in reality, everyone is compelled to provide donations."The development of Samjiyon began in earnest in November last year following the Marshal’s (Kim Jong Un) instructions to rebuild the site. The authorities are basically forcing residents to pay fo..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kang Mi Jin Mon, 03 Apr 17 09:27:07 +0900 5 Life as a the child of Zainichi Koreans under the discriminatory songbun system http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00100&num=14446 Today, we will speak with Jo Chung Hee, a child of two Zainichi Koreans who were repatriated to North Korea after living in Japan. Mr. Jo has joined us to discuss the discrimination he faced as a child in North Korean society. Please introduce yourself. I lived in Pyongsong, South Pyongan Province until I defected in February 2011. I was able to resettle in April 2011 in South Korea, where I’ve stayed since then. I understand that your parents are Japanese-Korean immigrants, known as Zainichi Koreans. Y..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Unification Media Group Mon, 03 Apr 17 09:19:04 +0900 5 State-owned gas stations crush private competition http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01502&num=14445 In this week's edition of Market Trends, we will discuss North Korea's dynamic gasoline market. For details, we turn to special economic reporter Kang Mi Jin. Daily NK has received reports that the price of diesel and regular gasoline is decreasing in North Korea. This price reduction comes as welcome news for consumers, but merchants in the gasoline industry view the situation differently. Gasoline prices have continued to fluctuate in recent weeks. In an even more disruptive development, North Korea has begun t..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Unification Media Group Fri, 31 Mar 17 17:46:38 +0900 5 Injustice in wake of student murder rocks Kim Jong Suk County http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14444 A 19-year-old high school student arrested for the murder of another student four months ago has been released early, allegedly for health reasons. Sources indicate that his early release was possible due to his powerful connections, brewing discontent among locals regarding the pervasive injustice in North Korean society. Daily NK's sources allege that the student received a light sentence following consistent pressure on the authorities by his influential family. In Ryanggang Province, the case, referred to as the "..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Chae Hwan Thu, 30 Mar 17 17:11:14 +0900 5 Ministry of Unification cautions against Kumgang cruise bid http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00100&num=14443 South Korea’s Ministry of Unification has called North Korea’s recent bid to coax foreign businesses into investing in its Mt. Kumgang cruise program, “an attempt to divert external attention away from its nuclear weapons program despite international condemnation and sanctions.” "North Korea continues to sabotage inter-Korean relations and its own economic cooperation with other countries through its repeated provocations and pursuit of nuclear weapons. The current announcement appears to be an attempt to deflect acc..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ga Young Thu, 30 Mar 17 16:53:05 +0900 5 State security officials tail traders to block South Korean products http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14442 The North Korean authorities have dispatched Ministry of State Security officials to accompany traders trucks from the end of last year in order to block the inflow of South Korean products. "The Ministry of State Security (MSS) personnel are reported to have been posted to monitor trading vehicles since the end of last year. Their purpose is to block the massive influx of South Korean products through traders doing business with China,” a source in North Pyongan Province told Daily NK on March 27."The truck drivers a..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kang Mi Jin Thu, 30 Mar 17 15:00:19 +0900 5