DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea ko Wed, 23 Aug 17 07:39:08 +0900 dailynk logo http://www.dailynk.com/english/img/mark.jpg Daily NK releases ground-level report on General Markets in North Korea http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14676 Daily NK is proud to announce the releaseof a comprehensive report on the current state of North Korea’s market economy and the implications of proliferatingmarketization. The report marks the culmination of painstaking research effortsundertaken between 2014-2016 in collaboration with 32 specially-trained sources from North Korea, approximately one-third of whom independently reported from inside the country on conditions within their local General Markets.The report, entitled "The Creation of the NorthKorean Market Syste..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Daily NK Tue, 22 Aug 17 11:26:51 +0900 5 North Korean residents criticize regime for investing in beverages market http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14665 Residents in North Korea are criticizing Kim Jong Un for investing in the drinking water and beer markets as they understand that the regime's intention is to earn more money from the residents. Kim Jong Un issued orders to establish spring water production plants across the country after inspecting the Ryongaksan spring water plant in Pyongyang in September last year."People are widely commenting that Kim Jong Un's intention to sell water is analogous to the classic folk story of Kim Seon Dal, [a clever swindler most..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Mon, 21 Aug 17 15:10:25 +0900 5 Chinese factories suspending North Korean labor imports http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14679 A clothing factory in China’s Tumen city. An insider informed Daily NK’s special coverage team last year that over 90% of the workers in the facility were North Koreans. Image: Daily NK. Chinese factories have begun officially notifying North Korea’s state trading companies that they will no longer employ North Korean laborers. As one of the largest importers of North Korean laborers, China is heavily affected by a provision in UN Security Council Resolution 2371 that forbids countries from taking in additional North ..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ga Young Fri, 18 Aug 17 17:47:18 +0900 5 [Photo] Chinese smuggling ship sinks near Sinuiju http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14677 A 60-ton Chinese vessel that was allegedly smuggling diesel at sea near Sinuiju, North Pyongan Province (North Korea), has sunk after catching fire. The cause of the fire remains unknown, although it began during the transfer of 40 tons of diesel from the ship to an oil tanker. Fortunately, no loss of life has been reported. A 60-ton Chinese vessel in Dongjiang Port in Dandong, China, sank on August 8 while loading diesel to be smuggled into North Korea. The tip of the vent pipe of the sunken ship can be seen in the r..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Seol Song Ah Fri, 18 Aug 17 15:03:14 +0900 5 North Korean marine products disappear from markets in China due to sanctions http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14678 A market in Yanji City, Jilin Province, China, which usually sells a large proportion of marine products sourced from North Korea. Image: Daily NKUNSC Resolution 2371 is beginning to have an impact on China’s northeastern provinces (Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang), hubs of bilateral trade between China and North Korea. A number of Chinese factories in Jilin Province are refusing to hire new North Korean workers (on August 11, some Chinese factories announced their intention to stop employing North Korean worker..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Lee Sang Yong Fri, 18 Aug 17 14:10:52 +0900 5 North Korean authorities keep laborers abroad to beat sanctions http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14675 The regime is extending the duration of dispatch for North Korea’s overseas laborers in a bid to generate more income while under international sanctions. An executive order has been issued to identify new ways to gain more from the labor force abroad. This is likely an attempt by the Kim regime to alleviate the impact of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2371, which bans countries from importing additional North Korean workers. Under normal circumstances, laborers dispatched by the authorities spend between ..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kang Mi Jin Thu, 17 Aug 17 16:14:11 +0900 5 Ministry of State Security blackmails children to catch defectors in China http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14674 According to reports from inside sources, North Korean intelligence operatives are now recruiting the children of defectors to earn foreign currency and extend surveillance efforts to capture defectors. The North Korean government is recruiting children to work in criminal operations. One such scheme involves recruited children to pretend to be women on chat applications to blackmail people they interact with through the apps. Agents of North Korea’s security and intelligence body are manipulating the children into pe..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Lee Sang Yong Thu, 17 Aug 17 16:10:03 +0900 5 North Korean state firms turn to drug sales to deal with sanctions http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14672 Coal exports from North Korea have been banned in the latest round of UN sanctions. To compensate, North Korea’s state trading companies have begun to focus on the production and sale of illicit drugs. These companies have been ordered to earn foreign currency by the regime, and as legitimate forms of trade have been rendered impossible due to the new sanctions, the firms are turning to drug manufacturing at an industrial scale.  Inside reports suggest that the production, sale, and consumption of drugs in North Korea..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Seol Song Ah Thu, 17 Aug 17 15:41:14 +0900 5 Inter-Korean dialogue unlikely to happen http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk03600&num=14669 In response to the South Korean government's acceptance of UNSC Resolution 2371 on sanctions against North Korea, the North Korean regime has started to aggressively criticize the Moon Jae In government. The following are phrases featured in a statement by a spokesperson for the North's National Reconciliation Council on August 7."The puppet government will pay the most devastating and disastrous consequences for making shameful comments that it cannot afford to do.""The enemies who are mere colonists, are talking ridiculo..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Ahn Jong Sik, Deputy Head, SBS Political Depatment Thu, 17 Aug 17 15:32:37 +0900 5 Regime intensifies efforts to abduct North Korean defectors http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14671 Chinese public security officers continue to arrest North Korean defectors and repatriate them. Figure: Daily NKTwo North Korean defectors have been repatriated to North Korea from Yanji City, Jilin Province (China). North Korea's Ministry of State Security [MSS] allegedly encouraged the remainder of the defector's family to escape the North in order to lure defectors in South Korea to meet them, but as the defectors targeted did not respond, the officials instead arrested them and dragged them to North Korea. A sourc..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Chae Hwan Wed, 16 Aug 17 17:53:35 +0900 5 North Korean traders abroad ‘welcome’ launch of Hwasong-14 http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14668 As international pressure on North Korea rises with the introduction of UNSC Resolution 2371 in response to the test launch of a Hwasong-14 ICBM, the heads of North Korea’s trading companies in China are reportedly praising the country’s development of nuclear weapons and missiles.Until recently, traders were laying low after the test launch, concerned about reactions from the international community. But following the test launch of the Hwasong-14, they are conspicuously praising North Korea's nuclear and missile programs..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ga Young Wed, 16 Aug 17 16:30:31 +0900 5 Popularity of beef, pork, and dog meat rises http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01502&num=14664 Unification Media Group (UMG): The long, hot weather causes a lot of us to think about our health. Health foods are becoming increasingly popular in North Korea’s markets. Today, we’ll be talking about health foods in North Korea with reporter Kang Mi Jin.Reporter Kang Mi Jin (Kang): Malbok (the last of the three days marking the hottest period of the year) took place on August 11. Korean people traditionally focus on taking care of their vitality on these days. I ate samgyetang (ginseng chicken soup) with my family on the..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Unification Media Group Tue, 15 Aug 17 16:11:36 +0900 5 [Photo] China monitoring smugglers day and night near Amnok River http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14666 A Chinese police patrol car on the road near the Amnok River in Dandong (China) on the night of August 6. The riverside is being monitored day and night as part of a wider crackdown on smuggling activities. Image: Daily NKFrom the night of August 6, several patrol cars from China's Ministry of Public Security appeared on the road near the Amnok (Yalu) River in Dandong, Liaoning Province (China). The patrol cars remained to monitor the area even after midnight. No fishing boats could be seen on the waters ranging from Dando..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ga Young Mon, 14 Aug 17 17:43:55 +0900 5 North Korean resident punished for stealing electricity http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14667 Officials at electricity distribution stations often receive bribes from residents to discreetly allow them to siphon off electricity. These officials are known to punish residents if they steal electricity without paying bribes.A North Korean resident in his 40s in Masandong, Hyesan City (Ryanggang Province), was recently accused of stealing electricity from the Hyesan Youth Mine and was punished with a sentence of two months in a labor-training camp.A source in Ryanggang Province told Daily NK on August 8 that many peopl..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Chae Hwan Mon, 14 Aug 17 17:01:25 +0900 5 North Korean laborers risk much to earn little in China http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00100&num=14663 Kim Mi Ok (pseudonym) received a visa to visit relatives three years ago and now lives in China’s Jilin Province. She works as a caregiver for an ethnic Korean grandfather with Alzheimer’s disease, and agrees to meet us while the grandfather is asleep. She moved to China with her son and states that she is happy to meet people from South Korea. “Life was hard in North Korea. I had no choice but to come here. I left everything behind to come and earn money. I became determined to simply find a way to make some money.”&..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Unification Media Group Mon, 14 Aug 17 15:14:56 +0900 5 Defector turns a new page by opening print shop business http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01300&num=14662 Lee In Ho (pictured above)  is a North Korean defector who started his own business called Print and Copy Support over two years ago. Mr Lee’s hometown is Hyesan City, Ryanggang Province, and running a successful business is a huge accomplishment for him. He first arrived in South Korea to begin his new life in 2010. After drifting between jobs, Mr. Lee resolved to start his own business, which he has now successfully managed for the past two years. Last year, the Unification Ministry designated Mr. Lee’s business a “..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ji Seung Fri, 11 Aug 17 18:03:48 +0900 5 Soldiers circumvent real-name registration rules for mobile phones http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14661 The use of mobile phones by soldiers to conduct business is becoming widespread. Although the use of mobile phones in the army is strictly forbidden, they can be used by registering them under other people’s names.The practice is particularly common amongst soldiers who are assigned to guard Pyongyang. Once the privilege of children of cadres and the donju (newly-affluent middle class), the use of phones registered under another name is becoming a valuable asset for the conduct of business, albeit completely illegal.  ..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Seol Song Ah Fri, 11 Aug 17 17:50:30 +0900 5 An elite defector’s perspective on North Korea http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk02501&num=14660 A former member of North Korea’s political elite recently shared his thoughts on the Kim Jong Un regime, human rights, and the future of North Korea at an event held last month by PSCORE, an NGO based in Seoul.  People for Successful COrean Reunification (PSCORE) was founded in 2006 with three main objectives: to advocate for an end to human rights abuses in North Korea, to empower North Korean defectors, and to ultimately support reunification of the Korean peninsula. PSCORE received UN consultative status in 2012 an..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Lenn Uchima, intern Thu, 10 Aug 17 15:57:57 +0900 5 Demand up for fancy home appliances among North Korea's rich http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14659 The proliferate of solar panels in North Korea has boosted demand for electronic devices such as laptop and televisions. Residents in North Korea are widely using solar panels to alleviate the country’s chronic power shortages. In tandem, this is causing a rise in demand for home appliances. In particular, wall-mounted televisions are becoming popular purchases for residents in the emerging wealthier class, referred to as the donju, or “money masters.” Mrs. Kim, a 40-year old market trader who lives in Ryanggang ..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Lee Sang Yong Thu, 10 Aug 17 15:44:50 +0900 5 Residents critical of missile and nuclear development program http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14656 Kim Jong Un watching the test launch of a Hwasong-14 ICBM on July 27. Image: Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) The North Korean authorities are still celebrating the successful launch of the Hwasong-14 ICBM on July 27. The regime has been heralding the event through state media with claims that the isolated nation is now a 'global rocket power' and that residents are jubilant. However, inside sources report that few residents are welcoming the news. The authorities have mobilized teams of locals to celebrate the succe..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Seol Song Ah Thu, 10 Aug 17 15:00:17 +0900 5 North Korean women get beauty tips from South Korean dramas http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01502&num=14658 As the hot August sun blazes down on the peninsula, people everywhere are seeking ways to protect their skin from harmful UV rays. Here to tell us more about how North Korean women manage their skin health is Special Economic Correspondent Kang Mi Jin. Women in South Korea take lots of precautions to protect themselves from the sunlight. Because of this, skincare product sales are off the charts. New products are released regularly, including hydrating face packs and cosmetic goods that promise to protect and improve ..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Unification Media Group Thu, 10 Aug 17 14:22:21 +0900 5 Regime attempts to raise birthrate ignore new social reality http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14655 To address the country’s declining birthrate, the North Korean regime is instituting policies to encourage childbirth. However, these policies are reportedly not gaining much traction within the country.The North Korean authorities have promised 5,000 KPW grants per month per child for all families with more than three children. The funds are intended to alleviate the costs of child rearing, but the announcement has received a lackluster response from women across the country.“It’s less than the cost of one kilo of rice (5..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Seol Song Ah Wed, 09 Aug 17 11:24:59 +0900 5 North Korean woman arrested in Rason for attempted defection http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14654 It has been reported that a North Korean woman from Sinuiju, North Pyongan Province, was arrested by Ministry of State Security agents for attempting to defect near the border area of Rason City. The woman, who is in her 40s, was allegedly a wholesale business operator in Sinuiju and is now in custody. She was thought to have been under the protection of MSS cadres after paying considerable bribes, but to no avail."In the middle of the month, the woman left for Rason City from Sinuiju and disappeared, but she was even..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Seol Song Ah Tue, 08 Aug 17 18:04:26 +0900 5 [Video] Promotional smartphone video targets new monied class http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14653 North Korea released its "Arirang151" smartphone in June together with a promotional video. Daily NK has acquired one of the phones which was loaded with a short film promoting the technology.It is unusual for North Korea to make promotional videos, as most multimedia features political propaganda or encouragement for residents to complete daily duties. The video clip highlights new efforts by state-run enterprises to sell to the donju (newly-affluent middle class) who are leading the country’s marketization efforts.A youn..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ga Young Tue, 08 Aug 17 13:09:01 +0900 5 Younger North Koreans turn to technology to share information http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk02900&num=14643 A dictionary of IT terminology installed in the North Korean smartphone 'Arirang 151' is said to be popular among younger North Koreans. Image: Daily NKUnification Media Group (UMG): The lifestyles of ordinary North Koreans are changing in tandem with the increasing availability of the latest electronic devices. Younger North Koreans born in the 1980s and 1990s are leading the trend. Reporter Seol Song Ah is here to tell us more.Reporter Seol Song Ah (Seol): North Korea is rapidly turning into a capitalist society, as..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Seol Song Ah Tue, 08 Aug 17 12:50:39 +0900 5 Respect for the regime plummets among market generation http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14650  North Korea's market generation are tech savvy, interested in modern trends, and receptive to external information.Disillusionment with the Kim Jong Un regime is growing amongst North Korea’s so-called market generation, comprised of young adults in their 20s and 30s. "Young people are commonly referring to Kim Jong Un with the pronoun 'him,' indicating a lack of respect," a source in Ryanggang Province recently told Daily NK. Previously, residents invariably referred to leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il ..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Lee Sang Yong Mon, 07 Aug 17 17:56:14 +0900 5 Fisheries department head expelled from China for smuggling http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14649  The boat on the right is alleged to be a fishing boat belonging to North Korea's state-run fisheries office. The vessel is designed for fishing but was known to be engaged in smuggling activities. The photo was taken from the Yalu riverbank between Dandong (Liaoning Province, China) and Sinuiju (North Pyongan Province, North Korea) in April. Image; Daily NKIt has been reported that a North Korean head of a fisheries department was recently arrested by Chinese public security officers for smuggling, and was repat..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Lee Sang Yong Mon, 07 Aug 17 17:23:56 +0900 5 Influx of workers from rural areas into North Korean cities http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14648 It has been reported that many farmers are leaving rural agricultural areas and moving into North Korea’s cities. As poverty hits the countryside, job opportunities in the cities are causing the influx.Mr. Lee, a North Korean resident in his 50s, previously worked at a state-run farm in North Pyongan Province all his life. He recently left his hometown due to a feeling of hopelessness arising from limited opportunities and ongoing malnourishment issues, a source in North Pyongan Province told Daily NK on July 26."Residents..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Seol Song Ah Fri, 04 Aug 17 17:04:23 +0900 5 Residents send food aid to soldiers, stolen by higher-ups http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14646 On July 27th, North Korean residents were ordered to provide care packages to the nation’s soldiers containing rabbit and chicken stew to celebrate the anniversary of the armistice of the Korean War. In North Korea, the holiday is referred to as “Victory Day.” However, reports from inside sources indicate that the soldiers for whom the meals were intended never received them. The 42nd brigade of the Korean People’s Army is stationed in Ryanggang Province, Samsu County. Troops from this brigade note that they never saw..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Chae Hwan Thu, 03 Aug 17 17:25:26 +0900 5 China repatriates 70 North Korean defectors http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00400&num=14642 Recently, 70 North Korean defectors were detained in Tumen’s border detention center in Jilin Province, China. In total, there were 50 adults and 20 underaged individuals ranging from infants to teenagers. They were arrested in various Chinese regions including Yunnan Liaoning and Jilin provinces. Following a month in detention, they were all sent back to North Korea in smaller groups. A source familiar with North Korean affairs in China who has been observing the local situation told Daily NK on July 25 that the repa..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ga Young Wed, 02 Aug 17 17:35:02 +0900 5 Chinese investment breathes new life into new Yalu River Bridge http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14644 A photo of the new yet unfinished bridge taken by the Daily NK/Unification Media Group special reporting team in April. Image: Daily NKAnticipation for the opening of the new Amrok (Yalu) River Bridge connecting Dandong (Liaoning Province, China) with Sinuiju (North Pyongan Province, North Korea) has risen after a Chinese businessman decided to invest money in the project’s infrastructure.The construction of the new Yalu River Bridge was initiated in December 2010 with the expectation that it will bring an expansion o..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Wed, 02 Aug 17 16:43:51 +0900 5 Defectors need protection as North Korea increases kidnappings http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00400&num=14645 Concerns are growing over the rising number of forced repatriations of North Korean defectors. While some governments have taken a principled stand, in reality, many are doing little to protect defector communities. Chinese public safety officers are under orders to arrest defectors, usually leading to their repatriation. The North Korean government has even dispatched agents to kidnap and repatriate North Korean defectors living in China. Similar concerns exist in South Korea. Defectors and North Korean human rights ..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ga Young Wed, 02 Aug 17 16:01:28 +0900 5 KIDA research fellow stresses need for South Korea take nuanced approach on North http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk02500&num=14635 Lee Ho Ryung (left), chief of North Korean studies at the Korea Institute for Defense Analysis, recently sat down with Daily NK in Seoul to discuss North Korea's nuclear weapon and ballistic missile development program and the international community's response. Below is a transcript of the interview, which has been edited for clarity.The North has claimed after the launch of the "Hwasong-14" ICBM, first tested on July 4, 2016, that they are capable of mounting large-scale nuclear warheads on these missiles as we..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ga Young Wed, 02 Aug 17 14:48:44 +0900 5 Savvy North Korean consumers time their produce purchases http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01502&num=14639 It’s important to drink enough fluids these days, and temperatures are soaring in South Korea. While water and other beverages are handy, purchasing seasonal fruits fresh from the farm is another great way to stay hydrated. In North Korea, oriental melons, peaches, watermelons, and tomatoes are selling well, as residents do their best to beat the heat. These days, blueberries and raspberries are popular in the South for their reported health benefits. In fact, sales are so strong that they're starting to offset sales ..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Tue, 01 Aug 17 14:55:58 +0900 5 Integration begins with education http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01300&num=14622 Lee Jung Mi was born in Aoji village in North Hamgyong Province, and arrived in South Korea in 2002. She entered South Korea as a teenager and believed that she was emotionally unstable and overly concerned about her future back then. In those days, it was not easy for a North Korean defector to pursue academic success in South Korea. Nevertheless, Lee graduated from university, earned a masters degree, and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree.Lee was also recently awarded a 'global doctor's fellowship' from the Natio..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ji Seung Tue, 01 Aug 17 13:39:14 +0900 5 [Video] People power: solar panels provide what regime can't http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk03200&num=14638 Above: An exclusive video from Unification Media Group shows markets in North Korea’s North Hamgyong Province. Video also available on Youtube (please seek permission from Unification Media group before use or reproduction of the video).Solar panels have become an iconic symbol of self-sufficiency in North Korea, as residents step up to solve the government’s failings on their own. These trends underscore a dwindling lack of faith in the regime. “The leader [Kim Jong Un] can’t solve the energy problem, so we rely on the ma..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Unification Media Group Tue, 01 Aug 17 12:22:52 +0900 5 North Korea targets specific SIM cards in crackdown http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14633 The North Korean regime is intensifying its crackdown on certain Koryo Link SIM Cards, some of which provide international roaming services, as well as the use of Chinese mobile phones in the border areas. The measures appear targeted at stopping information leaks. "Koryolink phone numbers beginning with 191 have been banned in the border regions because they provide international roaming services. The measure is to prevent residents from making calls to foreign countries, including China and South Korea," a source in..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kang Mi Jin Mon, 31 Jul 17 22:25:01 +0900 5 North Korean university students bribe lecturers for better grades http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk02900&num=14637 Unification Media Group (UMG): Although Kim Jong Un has been emphasizing the need to eliminate corrupt practices, North Korean society has been suffering from widespread corruption for decades. Even university students consider corruption in schools a fact of daily life. Today, we are here to discuss North Korea's education system with reporter Seol Song Ah. Reporter Seol Song Ah (Seol): North Korean students encounter corruption from an early age at school. Today, I would like to discuss corruption in North Korea’s u..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Seol Song Ah Fri, 28 Jul 17 17:51:28 +0900 5 MSS abduction units monitor North Korean defectors in China http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14636 Following a recent report that the Ministry of State Security has dispatched agents to the Chinese border regions in order to kidnap North Korean defectors hiding in China, Daily NK has acquired additional information on the hotel in which these MSS agents are staying. Kim Jong Un ordered internal security organizations last year to “catch the anti-republic’ (North Korea) elements using any means possible. Following this, the Ministry of State Security (MSS), General Bureau of Reconnaissance (RGB), and the Ministry of..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ga Young Thu, 27 Jul 17 17:17:14 +0900 5 Ice cream competition heats up, pitting factories against upstarts http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01502&num=14631 The heavy rains have slowed in North Korea, giving way to a blistering heat wave. To find out how residents beat the heat, we turn to economic reporter Kang Mi Jin.Although the temperatures may be on par with those in South Korea, the North lacks air conditioners, reliable electricity, and refrigerators, making the heat that much harder to bear. Most North Koreans are outside during the day because of the nature of their occupations. To cool off, they turn to an ice cream called kka-kka-oh, ice snacks, or ice water. S..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Unification Media Group Wed, 26 Jul 17 17:22:57 +0900 5 [Photo] Residents suffering from Samjiyon Railway construction project http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14634 A railway is being constructed between Wiyon and Samjiyon County in Ryanggang Province. Image: Daily NKSince June 2015, the North Korean regime has mobilized a large number of shock troopers in their 20s and 30s for a railway construction project between Wiyon and Samjiyon County in Ryanggang Province. The project has reportedly become a source of suffering and discontent for residents, rather than its intended vision as a project to demonstrate the leadership's 'love for the people.'The Youth Shock Brigade and the Ju..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Chae Hwan Wed, 26 Jul 17 17:22:28 +0900 5 North Korea intensifies defector kidnappings http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14632 A propaganda broadcast aimed at South Korea showing an interview with Lim Ji Hyun, a North Korean defector who recently returned to the North under mysterious circumstances. North Korean residents are not yet aware of Ms. Lim’s return. Image: Uriminzokkiri TV screenshot. Suspicions are rising that Lim Ji Hyun, a defector who recently returned to the North, was kidnapped by North Korean agents in China. According to sources inside North Korea, North Korean agents are actively apprehending and kidnapping North Kore..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kang Mi Jin Tue, 25 Jul 17 14:45:19 +0900 5 North Korean confesses to involvement in Pastor Han murder http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14630 Before he was murdered in April 2016, an ethnic Korean named Han Chung Ryeol was a pastor at a church in China’s Changbai City on the perimeter of Mount Paektu, which straddles the Sino-Korean border. An agent from North Korea’s security and intelligence body has confessed to being involved in Pastor Han’s murder.  Pastor Han was known for providing aid to defectors in China and supporting missionary activities in the North. He was found with knife wounds to his neck after disappearing in April 2016. There were n..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Chae Hwan Mon, 24 Jul 17 20:56:51 +0900 5 North Korea sending agents to kidnap defectors in China http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14628 There are various opinions on whether the repatriation of defector Lim Ji Hyun, who was the subject of media attention in South Korea, was voluntary or coerced. It has also been recently confirmed that agents from North Korea’s Ministry of State Security and some Chinese public security officials have formed ‘abductions units’ to carry out broad arrest operations of North Korean defectors in the Chinese border regions.The North Korean authorities have reportedly issued orders to arrest defectors hiding in the border areas ..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ga Young Mon, 24 Jul 17 19:16:17 +0900 5 Conflicting goals of the two Koreas, will there be an agreement? http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk03600&num=14629 The South Korean government has recently proposed Red Cross talks to the North Korean military authorities. This can be seen as an 'active measure toward dialogue' by the Moon Jae In government, which aims to pursue sanctions and dialogue simultaneously. The prospects are not promising, as North Korea has been criticizing Moon's so-called 'Berlin project' as 'meaningless rubbish,' but there is also a possibility that the offer will be accepted by North Korea for strategic purposes.It remains to be seen on what terms North ..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Ahn Jong Sik, Deputy Head, SBS Political Department Mon, 24 Jul 17 18:47:18 +0900 5 [Photo] 'Protect your country in life and death!': North Korea installs new slogan boards http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14627  A slogan board installed at the foot of a mountain in Samsu County, Ryanggang Province. Image: Daily NKThe North Korean authorities have been erecting signboardsemblazoned with the slogan “Protect your country and people in life and death,”in the border areas. The new signboards began appearing three months ago, andappear to be aimed at those considering defection. Since April, the signboards have been quietly appearing inthe border areas such as Samsu and Pochon counties in Ryanggang Province. Theboards are ins..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Chae Hwan Thu, 20 Jul 17 09:51:11 +0900 5 Party cadres disregard residents' food insecurity http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14626 Chinese traders have been voicing criticisms over their North Korean business partners for making unreasonable demands, even as the country is subject to economic sanctions. The traders are noting that cadres are only interested in personal gain, while ordinary North Koreans face increasing problems with food security. For example, said a source close to North Korean affairs in China, one cadre from the border guard corps asked a Chinese merchant for high quality pig feed. “The merchant laughed and agreed to send..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Chae Hwan Tue, 18 Jul 17 16:24:31 +0900 5 Cadres skip Kim Il Sung memorial events, evade punishment http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14624 Unification Media Group: Annual memorial services were recently held in North Korea to mark the 23rd anniversary of leader Kim Il Sung’s death. Each year, the authorities instruct the country’s state corporations and organizations to present flower baskets in remembrance of the leader. To learn more about the memorial events that occur across the country, we turn to reporter Seol Song Ah. This year marks the 23rd anniversary of Kim Il Sung’s passing. Elaborate memorial events have since been held every year on Ju..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Seol Song Ah Tue, 18 Jul 17 16:12:48 +0900 5 North Korean high school students declining to take exams due to dim future http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14623 North Korean students are increasingly giving up on their final exams due to disillusionment with the Kim family regime, the country’s failing education system, and a lack of future prospects."Students at middle and high schools have been preparing for the final exams, but more than half of the students have lost motivation. Some students have had no choice but to withdraw from further education due to financial difficulties, but most of the male students find studying pointless as they serve in the army for 10 years after..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Seol Song Ah Tue, 18 Jul 17 15:02:57 +0900 5 Corn-growing regions along North Korea’s east coast damaged by heavy rain http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14621 A number of regions in North Korea have reportedly suffered significant weather-related damage to their corn fields. Corn is regarded as a critically important grain, and heavy rains have abruptly followed an extended drought. Although severe food shortages are likely to result, the North Korean authorities are reportedly remaining silent. "The corn crop was damaged due to the long drought and finally began to be show signs of repair this month thanks to the rain. But with the sudden heavier rains, the crops have larg..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Lee Sang Yong Mon, 17 Jul 17 16:25:18 +0900 5