DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea ko Fri, 24 Feb 17 12:47:08 +0900 dailynk logo http://www.dailynk.com/english/img/mark.jpg State factories fail to dent consumer demand for S. Korean bread http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01502&num=14380 A new expression has emerged in South Korea to explain the increasing phenomenon of people eating alone. In addition, lots of people are foregoing traditional breakfast foods in favor of grabbing some bread and milk on their way to work. Today, we’re going to talk about the rise of bread culture in North Korea with Reporter Kang Mi Jin. Thank you for joining us.  That’s right. People are consuming more and more bread these days in the South. And according to a recent conversation I had with a contact in North Korea, b..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Unification Media Group Thu, 23 Feb 17 18:02:07 +0900 5 North Korea's use of contract killers expands reach of terror operations http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00400&num=14379 One of the individuals arrested on suspicion of assassinating Kim Jong Nam. The woman had Vietnameseidentification papers. Image: Yonhap News. It has emerged that suspects involved in the Kim Jong Nam assassination were carrying passports from third countries, neither of which were for North or South Korea. In light of these developments, analysts have noted that North Korea’s terror and murder operations are being increasingly 'contracted out.'To avoid direct accusations of North Korean culpability, an increasing num..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ga Young Wed, 22 Feb 17 17:09:04 +0900 5 The untold history of North Korea's brutal kidnapping raids http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00100&num=14378 South Korea’s new Center for Investigation & Documentation on Human Rights in North Korea began its investigatory work at the beginning of the month. These investigations form part of a South Korean government initiative to document information on human rights violations occurring in North Korea. These records will later be used as evidence against those responsible in the North Korean leadership. In light of these efforts, Daily NK and Unification Media Group are collecting and publishing testimonies of human rights a..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Tue, 21 Feb 17 18:29:39 +0900 5 Potato rice cakes are a top comfort food during harsh North Korean winters http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01502&num=14377 With the weather so cold lately, it seems like winter will never end. If South Korea is this cold, then imagine how cold it must be in North Korea. During such times, one can find comfort in delicious hot food. Potato rice cakes are a particularly popular choice and are selling very well in the markets of North Korea. Reporter Kang Mi Jin is here to tell us more. Yes, it seems as if winter has been here forever. However, South Korea doesn’t have it so bad compared to the temperatures that dip below 20°C in North Korea..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Unification Media Group Tue, 21 Feb 17 16:44:01 +0900 5 News of Kim Jong Nam's death travels on the grapevine http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14375 As shock spreads across the globe over the killing of Kim Jong Un’s half brother Kim Jong Nam, the North Korean authorities are attempting to redirect domestic attention by focusing on festivities for what would be the 75th birthday of deceased leader Kim Jong Il. According to inside sources, the authorities closed the markets and gave residents a three-day holiday. “An order was handed down from the central authorities for residents to rest and relax for three days,” a source in North Hamgyong Province reported to Da..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Chae Hwan Tue, 21 Feb 17 16:21:00 +0900 5 What will become of Kim Jong Nam's body once returned to North Korea? http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00400&num=14374 Unofficial photos of Kim Jong Nam posted on a Facebook profile for Kim Chol, as reported and accessed by Daily NK in 2011. Image: 'Kim Chol' Facebook screenshotThe Malaysian government has expressed a willingness in principle to hand over the body of Kim Jong Nam to the North Korean authorities, prompting analysts to speculate about how the North Korean regime will treat the body.Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister, Ahmad Zahid has emphasized the principle of following the law, so Kim Jong Nam's body is expected to be handed o..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ga Young Mon, 20 Feb 17 18:03:53 +0900 5 Feigned sadness surrounds Kim Jong Il's tomb http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14373 The preserved bodies of Kim Il Sung (left) and Kim Jong Il, as broadcast by Korean Central TV. Photo: KCTVFebruary 16 marked Kim Jong Il's 75th birthday, a national holiday in North Korea. Like his father Kim Il Sung, his body is kept in a preserved state at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun. However, despite idolization efforts focused on Kim Jong Il’s legacy for the holiday, at least some North Korean citizens are critical of the preservation of his body."I was appointed as an exemplary worker [by the Korean Workers’ Allian..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kang Mi Jin Mon, 20 Feb 17 17:15:16 +0900 5 Exile requests by North Korean officials could rise after Kim Jong Nam's death http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00400&num=14372 How will the assassination of Kim Jong Nam affect Kim Jong Un’s regime? The murder of Kim Jong Il’s eldest son, and therefore a member of the legitimizing “Paektu bloodline,” is likely to send shockwaves through the population, particularly cadres in the upper echelons of power.Cadres have long held discrete complaints over Kim Jong Un's reign of terror but feign loyalty out of fear. This suggests that the 'true loyalists' of Kim Jong Un will further decline as the leader has presumably executed his half-brother Kim Jong N..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kang Mi Jin Mon, 20 Feb 17 16:36:08 +0900 5 North Koreans react to Kim Jong Nam's death http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14371 Following the apparent murder of Kim Jong Il's eldest son, Kim Jong Nam, at Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur International Airport, news of the incident has made its way back into North Korea and is quickly spreading throughout the country by word of mouth. Although the North Korean authorities have yet to comment on the incident domestically,  residents inside North Korea, having heard the news from traders in the border areas and from Hwagyo (members of the ethnic Chinese community), see the incident as a foregone concl..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Seol Song Ah Mon, 20 Feb 17 16:11:21 +0900 5 Tyranny of the Weak: Part of a decade-long pattern? http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk03600&num=14370 Academics are often consulted by government officials for advice on decision-making processes. Since these decisions directly affect the lives of millions, we can all agree that the quality of expertise is of paramount importance – especially when it comes to the nuclear power most hostile to the Western world, North Korea. In the United States, someone perceived to be an expert on North Korea is likely to be consulted for insight into the nuclear crisis. Therefore, the scandal surrounding Columbia Professor Cha..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Fyodor Tertitskiy, PhD candidate, Seoul National University Mon, 20 Feb 17 11:51:31 +0900 5 North Korean cadres prefer regional dispatch over nexus of power http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14369 North Korean officials working for the Ministry of Agriculture are reportedly vying for dispatch to the Manjongbo collective farm in Ryanggang Province, which has been designated as a “potato revolution region” by the authorities. Officials are increasingly preferring dispatch to posts in the provincial areas rather than in the capital, which brings them close to the nexus of power and the danger posed by Central Party cadres.  "Every year, the Ministry of Agriculture dispatches instructors to the Manjongbo Farm and t..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kang Mi Jin Fri, 17 Feb 17 17:15:47 +0900 5 North Korean enterprises compete for recruits http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk02900&num=14367 Mr. Kim (aged 29) is entering the third year at his place of employment in South Korea, and feels deeply troubled these days. He worked hard to gain employment at his company, acquiring qualifications and studying TOEIC, but corporate life has turned out to be difficult. The hierarchical system reminds him of his unhappy days in the army. So he began to consider moving to other companies where he can communicate freely and demonstrate his abilities.But how is company life for workers in North Korea? The desire to work in a..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ji Seung Fri, 17 Feb 17 17:04:18 +0900 5 Kim Jong Un emphasizes strict ban on Chinese mobile phones http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14366 Kim Jong Un has issued new instructions to severely punish those caught using Chinese mobile phones to place calls outside of the country. The orders are in clear contradiction to an earlier order he recently issued after dismissing Kim Won Hong (former head of the State Security Department), stipulating that human rights violations were to cease."Following the purge of a number of officials from the State Security Department (SSD), the surveillance and monitoring of residents has actually increased. The regime is ramping ..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Chae Hwan Fri, 17 Feb 17 16:50:26 +0900 5 North Korea issues more visas ahead of Kim Jong Il's birthday http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14365 An inside view of the Kim Jong Il flower greenhouse at the Pyongyang division of the Ministry of Railways, as published by the Rodong Sinmun on February 4. Photo:Rodong SinmunAs the North Korean authorities prepare for the 75th anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s birthday (February 16), the regime has discretely issued passport visas to residents that are able to earn foreign currency in China, in order to fund the expansion of a greenhouse full of Kimjongilia (a flower named after Kim Jong Il)."In South Pyongan Province, the reg..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Seol Song Ah Wed, 15 Feb 17 00:53:44 +0900 5 SSD taken to task on back of Kim Won Hong ouster http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14364 In the aftermath of the purge of Kim Won Hong, the former head of North Korea's State Security Department, Kim Jong Un has reportedly ordered the State Security Department to cease human rights abuses.A source in Ryanggang Province told Daily NK on February 8 that an emergency meeting was held at the Ryanggang Province branch of the State Security Department (SSD) for three days from January 25 to 27. During the meeting, the decision to dismiss Kim Wong Hong and execute five SSD cadres was announced, as well as orders to e..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Chae Hwan Tue, 14 Feb 17 21:42:34 +0900 5 Cadres benefit from scuffles between real estate brokers http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14363 As marketization in North Korea spreads into the field of real estate, brokers have begun to capitalize on the business of buying and selling property. However, the emerging field has reportedly been rife with tensions, violence, and stand-offs, reports an inside source. With brokers able to charge high service fees in exchange for facilitating property sales, competition for clients has become a heated source of conflict. “In Pyongyang, there is a fixed place under the rail bridge near the Taedong River and across fr..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Choi Song Min Tue, 14 Feb 17 20:49:08 +0900 5 Son of KAL hijacking victim advocates tirelessly for father's return http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00100&num=14362 South Korea’s new Center for Investigation & Documentation on Human Rights in North Korea launched its fact-finding project last month. The research is aimed at providing the South Korean government with comprehensive information on human rights violations perpetrated by the North Korean regime. The information acquired is expected to serve as evidence to hold those responsible accountable for their actions. In light of this effort, Daily NK and Unification Media Group are collecting and publishing testimonies of human..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Unification Media Group Tue, 14 Feb 17 20:41:40 +0900 5 Car ownership in North Korea on the rise http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14361 Although the desire for car ownership in North Korea has been on the rise due to increasing marketization, private ownership of vehicles remains difficult. However, residents are registering more and more privately purchased vehicles under the name of state enterprises. "Recently, stories of people buying private cars can be frequently heard in Pyongyang, Pyongsong (South Pyongan Province), and the border regions including Sinuiju (North Pyongan Province) and Hyesan (Ryanggang Province). People with links to the hwagy..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kang Mi Jin Sun, 12 Feb 17 05:07:41 +0900 5 China strengthens border security targeting foreigners http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14360 The Chinese authorities are increasing surveillance directed at tourists, especially South Koreans, in the border areas between China and North Korea. According to a source, the measure is said to be in retaliation to South Korea's adoption of THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense), and is also intended to prevent information on border trade between China and North Korea leaking to the outside world."Recently, restrictions and crackdowns on travelers in the border areas have been significantly strengthened. At the ent..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Choi Song Min Sun, 12 Feb 17 04:52:42 +0900 5 North Korea-China trade suspended due to frozen Amnok River http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14359 Small Chinese vessels (used for smuggling with North Korea) anchored in the Yalu River as the river freezes.Image: Daily NKSmuggling and some trading activities between North Korea and China have been temporarily suspended due to the freezing of the Amnok (Yalu) River. Cross border exchange between the two countries often relies on the use of small boats to ferry goods between Sinuiju, North Pyongan Province, and Dandong, Liaoning Province."The Amnok River began to freeze due to plummeting temperatures from last Novem..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Seol Song Ah Sat, 11 Feb 17 01:38:08 +0900 5 Kim Jong Un keeps powerful cadre members in check http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk03600&num=14358 South Korea’s Ministry of Unification recently announced that the head of North Korea’s State Security Department Kim Won Hong has been dismissed from his post. He was reportedly demoted from the rank of a four-star general to a one-star one following an investigation by the Organization and Guidance Department. It was also noted that a number of high-ranking officials in his department have been executed as part of the fallout."The official position of the North Korean regime is that the demotion of Kim Won Hong was due t..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Ahn Jong Sik, Deputy Head, SBS Political Department Sat, 11 Feb 17 00:47:40 +0900 5 Demand for solar panels up in new year http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14357 Solar panels can be seen affixed to the windows of multiple apartment units in Pyongyang’s Kaesong region in this photo taken in 2016. Image: Daily NKSurprising though it may seem, demand for solar panels is on the rise in North Korea as an increasing number of residents enter the New Year hoping to secure their energy supplies. North Korea’s chronic electricity shortages and blackouts have continued unabated under the reign of Kim Jong Un, with many residents living in darkness as a result of decades of neglect. &nbs..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kang Mi Jin Fri, 10 Feb 17 06:33:08 +0900 5 Regime resorts to child labor in jewel factory scheme http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14356 Trading companies affiliated with the Daesung General Bureau are reportedly seeking teenage girls with soft hands for employment as manual polishers at gemstone-processing plants. The report is one of the more unusual examples of the North Korean regime’s desperate bid to earn foreign currency. “Young female students with smooth palms are being selected to work in gemstone-processing factories in cities across South Pyongan Province, South Hamgyong Province, and North Pyongan Province. These kids are being selected be..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Choi Song Min Fri, 10 Feb 17 05:14:56 +0900 5 Kim Jong Un's idolization efforts stirring negative sentiment http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00400&num=14355 The North Korean regime has launched a major idolization project for Kim Jong Un in the sixth year of his reign. However, some analysts suggest that the regime's propaganda strategy, which is focused on emphasizing the leader's Paektu bloodline, charisma, and affection for the people, is likely to backfire. It is being argued that Kim Jong Un's excessive desire to raise himself to the rank of his predecessors may cause some residents to cast doubt on his legitimacy.Many have noted that Kim Jong Un has favored a paradoxical..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ga Young Tue, 07 Feb 17 21:49:12 +0900 5 North Korean animation 'Gojumong' illustrates nationalism http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk03600&num=14354 A scene from 'Gojumong,' a new animation that was released in North Korea early this year. Photo=Korean Central Television (KCTV)Jumong blocked the road in front of Gumuru. Gumuru was secretly carrying weapons made in Buyeo for delivery to Gojosun. Gojosun was at war with Chinese forces and Buyeo had no intention to interfere. Jumong: "Do you wish to harm the royal family of Buyeo with these weapons?"Gumuru had been a staunch follower of Haemosu, Jumong's father, until he died. Gumuru reprimands Jumong, stating that H..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Ahn Jong Sik, Deputy Head, SBS Political Department Tue, 07 Feb 17 21:30:56 +0900 5 North Korean trading companies burdened with excessive loyalty demands http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14353 A number of North Korean trading companies have reportedly begun to export agricultural products, art pieces and health supplements following orders from the regime to contribute exorbitant amounts of foreign currency this year. It appears that the companies are selecting items for export that aren’t subject to sanctions in order to pay the loyalty contributions."As sanctions against North Korea have strengthened, trading companies are turning to products that are not included in the sanctions list. The recent activity com..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kang Mi Jin Tue, 07 Feb 17 21:22:25 +0900 5 Rice prices on steady decline http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14352 Rice prices in North Korea’s markets are reportedly on a downward trend. It was originally expected that the sanctions implemented by the international community would lead to inflation due to trade reductions, but a year after the sanctions were implemented, prices have instead fallen due to the steady development of marketization and active trade with China.According to recent findings by Daily NK, rice is trading at 4,000 KPW (per kg) in Pyongyang, 3970 KPW in Sinuiju, North Pyongan Province, and 4190 KPW in Hyesan, Rya..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kang Mi Jin Mon, 06 Feb 17 13:19:58 +0900 5 North Korea set to dispatch more workers abroad http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14351 The North Korean authorities are reportedly planning to increase the number of workers dispatched to China in 2017, despite the occurrence of numerous defections by dispatched workers last year.The decision appears based on the labor cost in China and the regime's desire to earn foreign currency. The chronic shortage of funds is likely to be a more important issue than the accusations of human rights violations leveled by the international community and the South Korean government. "The number of North Korean workers ..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ji Seung, intern Mon, 06 Feb 17 13:08:38 +0900 5 Unspeakable conditions for N. Korean laborers in Russia http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00100&num=14350 South Korea’s new Center for Investigation & Documentation on Human Rights in North Korea is set to begin fact finding work from the beginning of this month. The aim of these investigations are to prepare and collect information on human rights violations perpetrated by the North Korean regime, for later use as evidence to prosecute those responsible. In light of this effort, Daily NK and Unification Media Group are collecting and publishing testimonies from North Korean defectors. The goal is to alert the outside worl..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Unification Media Group Thu, 02 Feb 17 19:32:41 +0900 5 No holiday joy for North Koreans suffering in labor-training camps http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01300&num=14349 North Korea’s labor-training camps, which mobilize people for forced labor in the name of 'reformation' regardless of gender or age, are notorious as prisons rife with human rights violations where one can expect to ‘walk in and crawl out.’ Defector testimonies depict life in the camps as deplorable in terms of labor intensity and quality of life. People frequently die from malnourishment, overwork and accidents within the horrendous conditions in the camps.Many of the detainees are imprisoned for violating the 'social ord..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Seong Hwan Thu, 02 Feb 17 08:56:37 +0900 5 Cadres collect drugs and banned SK products as Lunar New Year's bribes http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01502&num=14347 Lunar New Year just passed, with Koreans busy traveling to their parent’s homes and preparing food for the holiday meal. North Korea also has its own New Year’s traditions. Today, we will hear from Special Reporter Kang Mi Jin about the different regional food traditions in the North.   Yes, that’s right. I was in the supermarket the other day and I bumped into Ms. Lee, a fellow defector from North Korea. She had this big smile on her face, so I asked her why. She said that although Lunar New Year’s celebrations ..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Unification Media Group Wed, 01 Feb 17 07:48:18 +0900 5 Kim Jong Un takes to documentary format in propaganda push http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01700&num=14346 The title screen of a new North Korean documentary called, “Unfurl the Heyday of the Revolution.” Image: Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) screenshot. Six years into his reign as leader, Kim Jong Un has made clear that he intends to follow in his father’s footsteps by using documentary films to promote the Kim family’s cult of personality. Beginning with the publication of a 1973 treatise entitled, “On the Art of Cinema,” Kim Jong Il regularly used films to promote the regime’s idolization efforts, and it is becoming incre..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ji Seung, interen Wed, 01 Feb 17 05:53:57 +0900 5 Animated film used in NK unification charm offensive http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01700&num=14345 North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) has been broadcasting a historical, three-part animated movie called 'Gojumong.'Following Kim Jong Un’s emphasis on the need to improve North-South relations in his 2017 New Year’s address, the country’s state-run media has been mobilized to execute a propaganda offensive. In line with these efforts, a new North Korean-produced animated feature called “Gojumong” is being broadcasted as part of a charm offensive directed at South Korea. The film features propaganda statements ..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ji Seung, intern Wed, 01 Feb 17 05:36:13 +0900 5 http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00100&num=14344 A summary of cyber attacks conducted under the name of organizations related to North Korean affairs. Image: National Police AgencyThe Cyber Security Bureau of the National Police Agency announced on January 25 that cyber attacks that occurred in November last year and early this year were conducted by North Korean hackers. The attacks took the form of a series of emails containing malicious code from addresses impersonating North Korea human rights and academic research organizations, and were sent to individuals belongin..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Seong Hwan Mon, 30 Jan 17 17:36:38 +0900 5 North Korean authorities provide liquor at market price for Lunar New Year http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14343 North Korea’s state-run Korean Central TV (KCTV) broadcasts a Lunar New Year's day greeting to North Korea’s citizens (2015). Image: KCTV In some regions of North Korea, the authorities have provided a bottle of alcohol to each household during the three-day Lunar New Year holiday, promoting it as a token of Kim Jong Un’s ‘love for the people.’ However, the alcohol has not been offered at the normal state price for rations but at market prices, indicative of the growing power of market forces in the North Korean econo..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Seol Song Ah Mon, 30 Jan 17 16:21:42 +0900 5 Child laborers pushed to max in North Korean wig factories http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14342 In the lead up to the Lunar New Year’s holiday, teenage laborers in North and South Pyongan Provinces were pressured to complete designated work before an upcoming deadline. The student workers are employed by a number of factories that produce wigs and fake eyelashes for overseas markets. Due to the stressful working environment, some of the young workers have received burns and many are skipping meals. “A North Korean trading company is under pressure to quickly complete a large order for a Chinese company,” reporte..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Seol Song Ah Mon, 30 Jan 17 16:03:16 +0900 5 Advisory committee for North Korean human rights policy launched http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00100&num=14341 Four months after the implementation of the North Korean Human Rights Act, the North Korean Human Rights Advisory Committee has formed to provide policy guidance to improve human rights in North Korea."The National Assembly sent a list of 10 members for the North Korean human rights advisory committee (recommended by the National Assembly negotiating organizations) to the Ministry on January 11 (Wednesday), and Unification Minister Hong Yong Pyo has officially appointed them as advisory committee members,” the Ministry of ..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Seong Hwan Sat, 28 Jan 17 12:39:33 +0900 5 North Korean defectors long for family left behind during Lunar New Year http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01300&num=14340 "How much better it would be if I could listen to this song with my child. I couldn’t ask for more than to hold my son in my arms once again before I die."North Korean defector Kim Kyung Ae (alias, aged 74) shed tears while listening to the North Korean song “Until We Meet Again” as the lyrics brought back memories of her son left behind in North Korea. Kim attended an event for senior defectors without families here in South Korea on January 24 held by the Association of North Korean Defectors in celebration of the Lunar ..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ga Young Sat, 28 Jan 17 12:36:28 +0900 5 North Korean regime in search of suitable site for Kim Jong Un's mosaic mural http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14337 A Kim family mosaic mural. Image: Daily NKThe North Korean regime has recently issued orders to search for a suitable place to erect Kim Jong Un's solo 'mosaic mural' in each province. The regime appears to be accelerating idolization projects as Kim Jong Un enters the sixth year of his rule."Recently, the Central Party ordered the provincial offices to conduct an organized search for a place to erect Kim Jong Un's solo 'mosaic mural.' The officers are searching for sites like revolutionary battlefields or places related t..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Chae Hwan Thu, 26 Jan 17 11:44:38 +0900 5 Access to Ungok Ranch fully restricted due to AI outbreak http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14336 Access to Ungok Ranch, the farm responsible for producing meat for Kim Jong Un and high-ranking cadres, has reportedly been placed completely off limits due to an outbreak of avian influenza (AI). Although spread of the disease is showing a momentary lull, the regime is ramping up efforts to block the virus from spreading, fearing that a wider outbreak will cause much greater damage."The Ungok Ranch has been completely restricted, even to residents who live inside the farm itself, and to those visiting their relatives ther..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Seol Song Ah Thu, 26 Jan 17 11:02:45 +0900 5 Ugg boot equivalents all the rage http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01502&num=14335 The weather has become much colder recently, and people are dressing more warmly as they head for work on the subway. In North Korea as well, one might assume that similar changes in wardrobe would correspond with the weather, but today’s report is focused on a growing trend among North Koreans to consider fashion over functionality, particularly for winter footwear.  Joining us today is reporter Kang Mi Jin, who will provide further details. As temperatures dip lower this week, South Koreans have swapped their a..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Unification Media Group Thu, 26 Jan 17 09:15:20 +0900 5 Some students more interested in business than education http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14334 As marketization spreads throughout North Korea, even teenagers are increasingly preferring to work in the alley markets or enterprises run by the donju (newly affluent middle class), at the expense of further education.As North Koreans become increasingly money-oriented, most family members are becoming involved in business endeavors including their children, who often keep the business running when their parents are called up for mandatory labor mobilizations. The type of business and the time spent working varies depend..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ga Young Wed, 25 Jan 17 19:34:35 +0900 5 Roller rinks showcase collision of command economy vs capitalism http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14332 Children from Pyongyang skate around a roller skating rink during winter vacation. Image: DPRK TodayA new roller skating rink and equipment rental facility has opened for business in South Pyongan Province’s Sunchon City. The rink was constructed in accordance with an order from Kim Jong Un to focus on physical education. “The grand opening of a newly built roller skating rink in Sunchon is the result of the regime’s policy to develop physical education,” an inside source from South Pyongan Province reported to D..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Seol Song Ah Tue, 24 Jan 17 20:13:54 +0900 5 North Korean geological resources selling cheap http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00100&num=14331 North Korea's geological resources are reportedly selling at giveaway prices due to the low competitiveness of the processing industry.The North Korea Resources Institute has released a report entitled, "Present state and prospect for North Korea's geological resources processing industry." The paper asserts, "North Korea has abundant geological resources, but due to the deterioration of facilities and power shortages in the processing industry, the country has lost international competitiveness."Geological resources are e..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ji Seung, intern Tue, 24 Jan 17 19:59:46 +0900 5 North Korea's plans to modernize food production http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk03600&num=14330 The North Korean authorities continue to promote Kim Jong Un’s New Year’s Address in a bid to rally support for the young leader and his policies. As the first official announcement by the North Korean leadership in 2017, the speech contains an evaluation of progress made in 2016 and provides a glimpse of the direction that the young leader might take in regards to foreign policy this year.  This analysis will focus on the statements made with regards to North Korea’s agriculture, livestock, and fisheries industries.2..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea im Kwan Ho, Senior Researcher for the Korea Rural Community Corporation Mon, 23 Jan 17 18:53:53 +0900 5 [Photo] New bridge at Sino-NK border under joint construction http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14329 A new bridge under construction between China’s Tumen City and North Korea’s Namyang City. Image: Daily NKAmid reports that trade between China and North Korea remains strong in the face of international sanctions, a new bridge is now under construction to link China’s Tumen City in Jilin Province with North Korea’s Namyang City in North Hamgyong Province. A new photograph obtained by Daily NK reveals that work has begun on the foundations of a new bridge between Tumen and Namyang. The bridge will span the T..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kang Mi Jin Mon, 23 Jan 17 18:34:29 +0900 5 Pyongyang citizens leaving homes in winter due to lack of heating http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14328 A considerable number of Pyongyang citizens residing in high-rise apartment buildings with central heating systems are leaving their homes to live with relatives or other residents during the cold winter season. They are evacuating their apartments to other homes that are normally heated with briquettes or solar panels, due to insufficient heat and hot water. A Daily NK source in South Pyongan Province reported on January 18 that as the winter cold has taken over, Pyongyang citizens living in high-rise apartments are ..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Choi Song Min Fri, 20 Jan 17 17:59:29 +0900 5 Kim Jong Un seen limping in public again http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00400&num=14326 A documentary on Kim Jong Un's inspection visit to Kangwon Province released by Korean Central TV (KCTV). He can be seen limping on his left leg. Image: KCTVOn January 17, the North Korean state television channel Korean Central TV (KCTV) broadcasted a report on Kim Jong Un's inspection visit to Kangwon Province. Kim Jong Un can be clearly seen limping on his left leg, stirring speculation about the leader’s health.The documentary covered Kim Jong Un's inspection visits last month to facilities in Kangwon Province, in..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ga Young; Bae Min Kwon, intern Fri, 20 Jan 17 17:48:25 +0900 5 Former North Korean laborer says fatal accidents frequent on work sites http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00100&num=14324 Calls are mounting to hold those in the North Korean leadership accountable for crimes against humanity. The Center for North Korean Human Rights Records in Seoul was established 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 community must undertake such w..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Unification Media Group Fri, 20 Jan 17 17:38:37 +0900 5 Thae Yong Ho: 'Information dissemination should be prioritized for North Korea policy' http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00100&num=14323 Thae Yong Ho, North Korea's ex-deputy ambassador in London suggested on January 17 that a priority for North Korea policy should be the dissemination of information into the North to prepare the people for an uprising.Thae attended a meeting on January 17 hosted by lawmakers with the recently formed conservative offshoot Barun Party. He noted during the meeting, "The North Korean regime has been thoroughly blocking external information so that the residents cannot compare their living standards with others. But control ove..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ga Young Thu, 19 Jan 17 17:28:19 +0900 5