DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea ko Fri, 24 Mar 17 11:08:03 +0900 dailynk logo http://www.dailynk.com/english/img/mark.jpg Resistance to THAAD not in Beijing's national Interest http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk02500&num=14432 China is turning up the heat on economic pressure targetedat South Korean firms to express its displeasure at the installation of the US-SouthKorean missile defense system known as THAAD (Terminal High Altitude AreaDefense). But this opposition is also likely to be detrimental to Chinesenational interests, according to Shin Kak Soo, former First Vice Minister forthe Ministry of Foreign Affairs and current director of the Institute ofForeign Affairs and National Security’s (IFANS) Center for International Law.Daily NK recen..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ga Young Thu, 23 Mar 17 20:23:44 +0900 5 Assessing key players in the power struggle: Hwang Pyong So, Choe Ryong Hae and Kim Yong Chol http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk03600&num=14431 The Institute for National Security Strategy (INSS) of SouthKorea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS), has reported that a conflictbetween two senior North Korean officials has grown severe. A number ofhigh-profile defectors in South Korea including Thae Yong Ho, North Korea'sformer ambassador to London, and Ko Yong Hwan, a former North Korean diplomat,are now working for the INSS. The INSS researchers have reported that Choe Ryong Hae, vice-chairmanof the Central Committee of the WPK and member of the Presidium of ..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Ahn Jong Sik, Deputy Head, SBS Political Department Thu, 23 Mar 17 20:08:04 +0900 5 Fertilizer allocation runs counter to Rodong Sinmun claims http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14430 The North Korean state media has been announcing productionachievements that are allegedly occurring at the Hungnam Fertilizer Complex ona daily basis, as the spring agricultural season is set to begin. However,sources on the ground report that the fertilizers produced are not reaching thefarmers who desperately need them."As spring approaches, vendors in the markets havebegun selling various types of fertilizer, but nothing from Hungnam can beseen. People are remarking that Hungnam products can only be seen in thenewspape..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kang Mi Jin Thu, 23 Mar 17 20:02:02 +0900 5 Slang and loanwords continue to challenge defector community http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01300&num=14429 On a late night many years ago, Kim Kyong Nam (alias for aNorth Korean defector, aged 38) asked a waiter in a soup restaurant for a glassof water with his meal. The waiter nonchalantly responded, “Water isself-serve.”   Kim became baffled and disconcerted when the water nevercame, wondering if he was being discriminated against due to his North Koreanaccent. The incident stuck with him for a significant period oftime, as he felt that he had been discriminated against. He confessed thatafter the incident, he ..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ji Seung Tue, 21 Mar 17 20:49:50 +0900 5 Greenhouses introduce out-of-season produce to markets http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01502&num=14428 As we enter the spring season and the weather begins to heatup, spring greens are starting to emerge in South Korea’s markets. I wonder ifthe same is true for markets in North Korea. To find out more, we turn toSpecial Economic Correspondent Kang Mi Jin.   In South Korea, people can eat spinach all year round, butin North Korea, that’s not the case. It used to be very hard to find spinachfor sale in the middle of winter. Even in places with large greenhouses - likePyongyang, South Hamgyong’s Hamhung, and South Py..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Unification Media Group Tue, 21 Mar 17 20:38:59 +0900 5 News of Park's impeachment becomes a hot topic in North Korea http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14427 As North Korea’s state-run media report on the impeachment of Park Geun Hye, residents are treating the issue as a hot topic.Of particular interest is the labeling of the event as a “victory of the people” referenced across these media platforms. A source in Ryanggang Province told Daily NK on March 16 that many locals were surprised to hear that the South Korean people succeeded in bringing down the president. “For North Koreans,” he said, “this is unimaginable. Everything is about unwavering and absolute loyalty to ..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Chae Hwan Mon, 20 Mar 17 19:11:43 +0900 5 Merchants resist price controls http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14426 In the midst of North Korea’s lean period in March, the prices of some market goods in Ryanggang Province are fluctuating wildly, causing difficulties for ordinary North Koreans. In contrast, rice prices are exhibiting resistance to such changes. This trend is being seen as an indicator that the regime’s ability to influence market prices is in decline, and market forces are taking the lead.     “At the beginning of last month, one kg of pork was selling for 20,000 KPW in Hyesan Market. Now it costs 13,000 K..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kang Mi Jin Mon, 20 Mar 17 19:01:04 +0900 5 Charity concert for North Korean defector students to be held on March 28 http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00100&num=14425 A charity concert for North Korean defector students will be held at 7:30pm at the headquarters of Fursys (Ogeum-dong, Seoul) on March 28 (Tuesday). The concert will be hosted by NAUH (Now, Action & Unity for NK Human Rights), an organization for North Korean human rights, and is sponsored by KOMO Berlin, a Germany-based organization for North Korean human rights. The event aims to increase awareness about North Korean defector students who have settled in South Korea, and raise funds for a variety of support programs ..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ji Seung Fri, 17 Mar 17 17:33:18 +0900 5 South Korean home appliances slipping in under crafty covers http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14424 Although the North Korean authorities have strengthened their crackdown on sales of South Korean home appliances, the number of residents looking for such products is reportedly increasing, inspiring new techniques to avoid surveillance."Recently, in major cities including Pyongsong (South Pyongan), Hamhung (South Hamgyong), and Chongjin (North Hamgyong), there are an increasing number of people looking for South Korean products like TVs and laptops. The merchants and customers use alternative words for Korean products to ..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Choi Song Min Fri, 17 Mar 17 17:18:20 +0900 5 Report reveals continuing discrimination of defectors in South Korea http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00100&num=14423 According to a survey released this week, close to half (45.4%) of all defectors living in South Korea say that they have experienced discrimination due to their North Korean background. Working with Inha University, Korea's National Human Rights Commission released its report on March 14th of a survey asking defectors in the South about their living conditions and experiences. The survey targeted citizens above 19 years of age and includes results based on the answers of 480 respondents. The report notes that "t..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Bae Min Kwon Fri, 17 Mar 17 16:39:34 +0900 5 North Korean agents conduct illegal activities both abroad and at home http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00300&num=14422 As details of Kim Jong Nam's murder came to light, almost universal criticisms of the North Korean regime emerged from the international community. However, North Korea has a long track record of illegal activity abroad, from abductions to acts of terrorism in Southeast Asia, including in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Myanmar, Macau and the Philippines.Numerous South Korean citizens have been among the victims. The disappearance of the couple Choi Eun Hee and Shin Sang Ok in Hong Kong in the late 1970s was orchestrated by North Kor..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Choi Song Min Fri, 17 Mar 17 16:35:38 +0900 5 Ministry of State Security officials soften their approach http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14421 Following orders from Kim Jong Un for the Ministry of State Security (MSS) to refrain from violating human rights, its personnel have begun to shy away from their characteristic extortionist behavior during their interactions with residents. This appears to be an attempt to balance their effectiveness in garnering bribes from residents while avoiding punishment from above. A source in Ryanggang Province told Daily NK on March 14 that MSS officials have eased up on heavy-handed behavior, most noticeably amongst those w..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Chae Hwan Fri, 17 Mar 17 16:28:00 +0900 5 Overworked, injured, and underfed: North Korea's youth shock troops http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00100&num=14420 Today’s guest served from 1979-1987 as a Speed Battle Youth Shock Trooper in North Korea. Jo Chung-hee will offer his testimony regarding the labor exploitation that he experienced while serving the regime. Can you please introduce yourself? I am from Pyongsong City in South Pyongan Province. In February 2011, I escaped North Korea, and entered South Korea one month later. You worked as a shock trooper for about 10 years. Can you start by telling us some background information about North Korea’s Shock Troops?&nb..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Unification Media Group Fri, 17 Mar 17 11:04:37 +0900 5 How will the impeachment of Park Geun Hye affect North Korea? http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00400&num=14419 The Constitutional Court of Korea removed President Park Geun Hye from office on March 10, marking the first time in history that an incumbent president has been ousted by impeachment. This author interviewed several North Korean defectors to listen to their opinions of the event.1. The president was impeached for the first time in the constitutional history of South Korea. How did you personally feel about the situation, and how are other North Korean defectors responding to the news?I was shocked to see the president of ..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Choi Song Min Thu, 16 Mar 17 18:43:39 +0900 5 Matching couples accessories spread as dating culture takes root http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01502&num=14418 Indicated by the yellow circles, rings are increasingly commonplace in North Korea. Image: Collage of photos from KCTV and Rodong SinmunUnification Media Group (UMG): Street vendors can be seen in North Korea selling all kinds of accessories, like necklaces and earrings. As the country’s dating culture develops, more North Korean couples are choosing to wear accessories like matching love tokens. Reporter Kang Mi Jin will explain more about this story today. Kang Mi Jin (KMJ): Even during the winter season, it’s ..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Unification Media Group Wed, 15 Mar 17 17:30:59 +0900 5 http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk02501&num=14415 Speakers discuss the state of women's rights in North Korea at a joint event hosted by Human Asia and New Korea Women's Union. Image: Daily NKSouth Koreans joined the global community in celebrating International Women’s Day last week. While most activity focused on circumstances in their own country, it was also an opportunity to put a spotlight on the lack of women’s rights and human rights in general just over the border in North Korea. Human Asia, a Seoul-based NGO dedicated to improving human rights in Asia, work..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Colin Zwirko, intern Wed, 15 Mar 17 16:13:27 +0900 5 Sanctions have tragic unintended effect on Chagang Province http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14417 "Recently, a woman in her 20s hanged herself on a tree in the hills nearby. She was already dead and accidentally found by children who were collecting branches,” a source in Chagang Province told Daily NK on March 13."As most of the munitions factories in Chagang Province have stopped or reduced production, unemployment has increased together with the number of families suffering from the fallout. The woman who killed herself seems to have acted in despair after having a heated argument with her parents about their povert..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kang Mi Jin Wed, 15 Mar 17 16:02:44 +0900 5 Cottage industries under fire as regime seeks to boost revenue http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14414 North Korean merchants trading in Chinese renminbi at Rajin Market in North Hamgyong Province. Image: Daily NKNorth Korea’s network of General Markets continues to proliferate while the leadership collects fees from vendors. Recently, the authorities have ramped up their pursuit of those running cottage industries from within their own homes, illustrating the increasingly important role these funds play in sustaining the regime. Since 2012, the North Korean authorities have sought to expand the number of market stalls..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kang Mi Jin Tue, 14 Mar 17 21:23:04 +0900 5 Kim Jong Un orders army to prepare for combat http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14412 The North Korean authorities have ordered the entire army into “combat mode,” a move interpreted as an attempt to tighten security and consolidate sentiment in response to Foal Eagle (FE), the annual military drills conducted by South Korea and the US, which began in early March.A source in South Pyongan Province told Daily NK that following the order from Kim Jong Un, every last soldier-- even if away on business, on leave, off-base for training, or even those with a recent death in the family--were ordered back to their ..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Choi Song Min Tue, 14 Mar 17 21:13:42 +0900 5 Former spy student caught trying to escape with sister http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14411 A North Korean student trained in espionage and his younger sister have been apprehended in China while trying to escape and were recently repatriated. The two were caught in Jilin Province’s Changbai Korean Autonomous County by Chinese public security officers and were reportedly attempting to defect from North Korea. “In China’s Changbai Korean Autonomous County, a male student of the Kim Jong Il University of Political and Military Science and his younger sister were arrested and sent back to North Korea,” said a R..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Chae Hwan Mon, 13 Mar 17 18:11:48 +0900 5 Launch of NK Human Rights Foundation still stuck in political mire http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk02500&num=14410 South Korea’s new North Korean Human Rights Law had its first anniversary on March 2. The anniversary of the legislation’s passing comes with mixed reviews on the progress made thus far on its implementation. The bill was first introduced in 2005, with the expectation that it would pass immediately, but it became an unfortunate victim of partisan politics for over a decade. The centerpiece of the law, the North Korean Human Rights Foundation, has yet to launch due to political infighting over the appointment of the fo..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ga Young Mon, 13 Mar 17 17:57:07 +0900 5 Despite blocking attempts, news of Kim Jong Nam's death suffuses North Korea http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14409 Rumors of Kim Jong Nam’s assassination have crossed the Sino-North Korean border and reached inland to regions as far as Pyongyang, the capital city, according to inside sources. In order to block the news from spreading, the North Korean authorities are tightening up surveillance and control in the border region, but this is having little effect.   In addition to the news of Kim Jong Nam’s assassination, North Korean citizens are also hearing rumors about the deportation of North Korea’s Ambassador to Malaysia, ..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ga Young Mon, 13 Mar 17 17:36:36 +0900 5 Role reversal on Women's Day in North Korea http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01300&num=14408 March 8 was International Women's Day. In North Korea, the day is designated as a national holiday known as 3.8 (March 8th) Women’s Day in order to promote the status of women. Female North Korean defectors mostly remember the day as a pleasant one. The holiday guidelines officially suggest that North Korean men take an 'opportunity to experience the housework.'The authorities suggest that North Korean men help out around the house on the day, as men are not typically involved in housework. Even during times of widespread ..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ji Seung Fri, 10 Mar 17 22:58:03 +0900 5 NGOs stress need for government action on anniversary of Human Rights Act http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk02501&num=14407 One year on, panelists discuss the challenges and implications of the North Korean Human Rights Act. Image: Daily NKSouth Korea’s Ministry of Unification hosted a forum recently to mark the first anniversary of the passing of the North Korean Human Rights Act. Participants from various human rights NGOs in Seoul spoke on the importance of full implementation of the act.One of the most pressing issues raised at the forum was the need to reach a wider audience in North Korea that receives information from the outside. I..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ga Young Fri, 10 Mar 17 21:03:01 +0900 5 Hefty price tag puts pork out of reach for most in Ryanggang Province http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14406 The price of pork has risen significantly in North Korea’s Ryanggang Province and has subsequently been disappearing from kitchen tables."In Sinpa County (Kim Jong Suk County), (1 kg of) pork is being sold at 17,550 KPW. It’s becoming unaffordable for most people," a source in Ryanggang Province told Daily NK on March 5."With that kind of money, you can buy more than 3 kg of rice (1 kg = approx 4,700 KPW). So ordinary citizens have generally stopped buying it."The price of pork at this time last year was about 11,500 KPW p..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Chae Hwan Fri, 10 Mar 17 14:53:45 +0900 5 Seven additional MSS officials dismissed in Ryanggang Province http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14405 Following the purge of former Minister Kim Won Hong, the North Korean authorities are reportedly dispatching inspection teams from the Central Party to more widely investigate officials at the Ministry of State Security (MSS). Seven officials in Ryanggang Province alone have already been dismissed under the mandate.A source in Ryanggang Province told Daily NK on March 6 that cadres are overwrought with anxiety as the “shoe could drop any day now, with no end in sight.” "The inspection is particularly focused on Ryangg..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kang Mi Jin Thu, 09 Mar 17 17:20:14 +0900 5 Former soldier says 60% of North Korean military training is ideological 'brainwashing' http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00100&num=14403 Today is the second part of our interview with Kim Hun, who has had decades of military experience in North Korea and is with us to offer his testimony on human rights abuses inside the country. At what age do people usually enter the military in North Korea? When North Koreans graduate middle school (the American equivalent of a combined middle and high school), they are around 17 or 18. Immediately after graduation, they are enlisted. I entered when I was 18 and was discharged when I was 45. I served as an offi..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Unification Media Group Thu, 09 Mar 17 17:01:08 +0900 5 Privately-run 'standby lodges' meet demand for accommodation http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01502&num=14404 As the weather warms up and we prepare for the spring, people all over the world are searching online for hotels and other forms of lodging for a quick weekend getaway. Today, we are going to talk about lodging facilities in North Korea.  A lot of residents go on a short trip for the March 1st holiday in North Korea. Using a pension (holiday home) is an attractive option because there’s no need to worry about what to eat or where to sleep. But North Koreans also have an expression that says, “One suffers whenever they..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kang Mi Jin Thu, 09 Mar 17 15:50:04 +0900 5 North Korean traders asking Chinese counterparts for money http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14402 Reports suggest that North Korean workers have recently started asking for assistance from Chinese trading partners, including the provision of money, grain, and other goods, as the North Korean authorities have assigned excessive quotas to them for the year."North Korean traders in the border areas of China, including Yanji City of Jilin Province, have recently been asking their Chinese acquaintances for help, particularly for foods such as corn and rice,” a source close to North Korean affairs in China told Daily NK on M..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ga Young Wed, 08 Mar 17 11:13:51 +0900 5 Kim Jong Un orders mobilization, insists North Koreans have 'nothing to envy' http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01700&num=14401 Sheet music for the 1961 song “We Have Nothing to Envy in the World.” Image: 20th Century North Korean Arts and Culture Dictionary. It’s time for a closer look inside the pages of the Rodong Sinmun, North Korea's Party-run newspaper. While primarily serving as a propaganda platform to glorify the Kim regime, it nonetheless provides outside observers with valuable insights into the psychology of North Korea's leadership. Today we’ll be analyzing an article from the February 27th edition that discusses the song “We Have Noth..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Unification Media Group Wed, 08 Mar 17 11:04:42 +0900 5 North Korea suspends the production of popular cigarette brand http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14399 Production of a popular brand of North Korean cigarettes has been abruptly suspended on Kim Jong Un's orders, and the cigarettes have virtually disappeared from markets nationwide. The brand in question is 'Kumsugangsan,” Korean for ‘land of natural beauty.’ A source in Pyongyang told Daily NK that during a meeting to promote the production of domestic goods, Kim Jong Un was reported to have said that the name of the cigarettes produced in collaboration with China does not accurately reflect the “real state” of North ..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kang Mi Jin Mon, 06 Mar 17 17:53:30 +0900 5 http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00400&num=14398 The suspects associated with Kim Jong Nam's assassination are presumed to be affiliated with the Ministry of State Security and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Air Koryo, the North’s state-run airline company, and Singwang Economics and Trading General Corporation, according to a report by the National Intelligence Service published on February 27. However, details of the incident show a number of deviations from the typical methods used in North Korea’s intelligence operations. The operation appears to have been led..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ga Young Mon, 06 Mar 17 17:31:00 +0900 5 Security forces use housing registration to collect bribes http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00100&num=14395 As crimes against humanity continue in North Korea, so do calls for the authorities to finally take responsibility and put an end to them. The UN Human Rights Office in Seoul continues to document these abuses as well as victim testimony. The South Korean government through the Center for North Korean Human Rights Records is also gathering information to create a legal basis for prosecuting the perpetrators of these crimes. By listening to the accounts of the victims themselves, we may better understand the urgent need for..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Unification Media Group Sat, 04 Mar 17 13:13:55 +0900 5 Kim Jong Nam's assassination by VX and the 'Sunchon Incident' of 1989 http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00300&num=14394 Suspicions that North Korea maintains a stockpile ofbiochemical weapons have been raised since the Malaysian authorities confirmedthat VX, a deadly nerve agent, was used to kill Kim Jong Nam.VX is the most powerful nerve agent known and is classifiedas a weapon of mass destruction.Some estimate that North Korea has stockpiled approximately5,000 tons of chemical weapons, but this takes into account only the materialmanufactured from early 2010. Considering that the country was reported to havebegun manufacturing chemical we..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Choi Song Min Sat, 04 Mar 17 11:16:38 +0900 5 Explaining North Korea's mysterious response to the Kim Jong Nam assassination http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk03600&num=14393 North Korea - Malaysia relations are at an all-time low as the assassination of Kim Jong Nam creates hostility between the two nations. Malaysia has announced that the suspects involved in the case include a Vietnamese and an Indonesian woman, along with some North Korean males. Adding to the strain is that one of the male suspects named is a North Korean diplomat, or at least carries identification suggesting this. North Korea has shot back by alleging that Malaysia is coordinating with South Korea in a scheme to attack t..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Ahn Jong Sik, Deputy Head, SBS Political Department Thu, 02 Mar 17 16:32:36 +0900 5 Consumption gap widens in Pyongyang http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14392 Recent reports suggest that the consumption gap is widening in Pyongyang, increasing tension between North Korean residents and the regime. According to sources inside the country, the newly affluent middle class, known as the donju, are fueling the trend by providing premium high-quality products to wealthy customers while offering sub-standard items to ordinary citizens. "Pyongyang, the heart of the revolution, is becoming a place of severe income disparity - even more so than in a capitalist state. This is because ..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Seol Song Ah Thu, 02 Mar 17 05:47:54 +0900 5 North Korean authorities warn residents of 'South Korean spy agency kidnapping plot' http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14391 As the high-profile investigation of the murder of Kim Jong Nam plays out on the world stage, the North Korean authorities are reportedly strengthening surveillance, focusing on the ideological sentiment and movement of people in the border areas. The regime is reportedly claiming that South Korea’s spy agency is engaged in kidnapping operations in the region."The Ministry of State Security’s (MSS) unit in Hoeryong City has recently been emphasizing that we should avoid being blinded by the enemy's tactics, claiming that t..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Chae Hwan Thu, 02 Mar 17 05:40:23 +0900 5 Hurdles ahead for apprehending North Koreans suspected in Kim Jong Nam assassination http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00400&num=14390 Eight North Korean male nationals have been implicated in the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of ruler Kim Jong Un. It is believed that these individuals have either fled back to Pyongyang or are in hiding in the North Korean embassy, leaving limited legal recourse for the Malaysian police. At present, the Malaysian authorities are conducting a joint investigation with Interpol. If the suspects flee the country, Interpol can place them on a wanted list. Member nations are then obliged to coordinate wit..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ga Young Wed, 01 Mar 17 11:40:39 +0900 5 North Korea's Kim Jong Nam mission is not yet complete http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00300&num=14389 The assassination of Kim Jong Un’s half-brother has shocked the international community. Although it has not been officially announced, evidence has emerged suggesting that the assassination was ordered by Kim Jong Un and carried out by the General Reconnaissance Bureau with potential coordination with other government bodies.Although the two Kims were blood relatives, Kim Jong Nam was likely destined to find himself in the crosshairs of Kim Jong Un’s deadly wrath.  Kim Jong Un is evidently a believer in the monolithi..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Choi Song Min Wed, 01 Mar 17 11:27:28 +0900 5 North Korean coal smuggling continues despite China's import ban http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14387 Although China’s Ministry of Commerce previously announced the suspension of coal imports from North Korea until the end of 2017, coal trading has continued in Rizao Port, Shandong Province, where regulatory control is known to be relatively loose. However, as of February 23, the customs clearance process was reportedly also strengthened in this region, leading to speculation that the coal trade will likely be curtailed in Rizao as well."Even on February 20, the day after the announcement to suspend North Korean coal impor..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Seol Song Ah Mon, 27 Feb 17 17:15:39 +0900 5 Unanswered questions in Kim Jong Nam's assassination http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00400&num=14388 Although North Korea’s General Bureau of Reconnaissance (GBR) of North Korea is suspected to be the primary actor behind Kim Jong Nam's murder, a number of apparent flaws in the operation are raising questions. The choice of an international airport, in which extensive CCTV coverage exists, and the fact that suspects were arrested on-site is being labeled as all too clumsy to be the work of the GBR, which is notorious for meticulous planning. This has raised questions as to whether the outcome was due to a series of m..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ga Young Mon, 27 Feb 17 17:13:09 +0900 5 Student registry highlights pervasive drug problem http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14386 In Hoeryong City, North Hamgyong Province, the state has recently published a list of students alleged to have taken drugs and been involved in subsequent sexual acts, highlighting the increasing prevalence of drugs and societal implications of pornography smuggled into the country. "The Kim Ki Song High School held a general meeting for the parents of its students on February 5. It was led by the 620 Group, which is tasked with investigations of illegal drugs, video content, and prostitution. The primary purpose of t..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Chae Hwan Mon, 27 Feb 17 15:42:59 +0900 5 North Korea unable to cover up Kim Jong Nam's assassination http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk03600&num=14385 The Malaysian police announced on February 19 that a group of men who recruited the Vietnamese and Indonesian women suspected of poisoning Kim Jong Nam are all North Korean nationals, lending further weight to speculation that the assassination was state-sponsored. Some have questioned this conclusion based on the premise that the North Korean agents used North Korean passports instead of counterfeit ones, and that too much evidence was left behind, including airport CCTV recordings in which their faces are clearly se..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Ahn Jong Sik, Deputy Head, SBS Political Department Mon, 27 Feb 17 15:31:25 +0900 5 North Korean regime seeks to maintain control over market prices http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14384 Rather than focus on allegations that the North Korean regime was involved in the murder of Kim Jong Nam, it appears to be instead choosing to focus on controlling market prices as the price of rice continues to increase."Although news of the death of the Marshal’s (Kim Jong Un) [half] brother is spreading, the authorities are mostly quiet, with no special lectures or related orders as of yet,” a source in North Pyongan Province told Daily NK on February 20."Currently, the main topic of conversation for the North Korean pe..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Seol Song Ah Fri, 24 Feb 17 16:55:25 +0900 5 Internal lectures caution against overdependence on China http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14383 The North Korean authorities have reportedly begun delivering lectures to workers employed at enterprises in the border areas including Sinuiju (North Pyongan Province) and Hoeryong (North Hamgyong Province) announcing the breakdown of bilateral relations with China.These developments are noteworthy as they are deliberate actions by the North Korean regime to promote anti-China sentiment, although China remains its only ally while the country faces international sanctions."Earlier this month during the mass lecture held at..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ga Young Fri, 24 Feb 17 16:24:16 +0900 5 The inner workings of a North Korean assassination unit http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk02900&num=14381 It has emerged that five North Korean suspects are wanted by Malaysian police for the murder of Kim Jong Nam, leading to speculation on the nature of the so-called 'assassination team.’According to the statements of the suspects themselves, witness testimonies, and local reports, each of the suspects of North Korean nationality appear to have played a role in the operation, including the recruitment of the female suspects and assisting their escape.Analysis suggests that the four North Korean men who observed the assassina..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Choi Song Min Fri, 24 Feb 17 15:55:55 +0900 5 Fallout from assassination could be detrimental to the regime http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00400&num=14382 The Malaysian authorities have chosen to reveal the identities of four North Korean suspects suspected to be responsible for Kim Jong Nam's murder. The development lends further weight to the theory that Kim Jong Un ordered the assassination, and analysts are speculating on how the North Korean regime will respond.The regime is likely to ignore or deny the accusations, as the international community has expressed shock at the ruthless method used for the assassination. North Korea previously remained silent in response to ..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kang Mi Jin Fri, 24 Feb 17 15:39:55 +0900 5 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 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 Tue, 21 Feb 17 18:29:39 +0900 5