DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea ko Mon, 26 Feb 18 00:17:30 +0900 dailynk logo http://www.dailynk.com/english/img/mark.jpg Idolization of Kim Jong Il's birth through the years http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00100&num=15028 Unification Media Group (UMG): February 16 marked the birthday of Kim Jong Il. To discuss the cult of idolization surrounding Kim Jong Il and some related topics, we sat down with Professor Jung Kyo Jin from Korea University.Kim Jong Il’s birthday is known as "The Day of the Shining Star" in North Korea. The event is a massive holiday in the country, much like the Day of the Sun (Kim Il Sung’s birthday). In your view, what is the most critical ideological aspect when it comes to the celebration of Kim Jong Il’s birthday?Ju..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Unification Media Group Fri, 23 Feb 18 17:52:36 +0900 5 Authorities demand money from residents for Musan Mine operation http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=15027 A mound of collected iron filings sits near a water source in the area near the Musan Mine (yellow circle). Discarded rocks and soil sit off to the side (red circle). Image taken in the fall of 2017. Image: Daily NKThe North Korean authorities are attempting to collect money from locals to inject some life back into the Musan iron mine after it took a major hit from international sanctions recently. But residents are reportedly pushing back against the order, according to sources in the region."The party recently..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kang Mi Jin Fri, 23 Feb 18 15:41:09 +0900 5 [Photos] North Korea sends university students to work in China via sanctions loophole http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=15026 The North Korean authorities are exploiting a loophole in international sanctions by using female university students from Pyongyang as restaurant workers in China rather than 'official’ laborers. Image: Daily NK Daily NK has learned that the North Korean regime is now sending female students from Pyongyang’s Jang Chol Gu University of Commerce to earn foreign currency in restaurants in the Chinese border city of Dandong.Daily NK recently sent a special investigative team to Dandong, where it learned that students from the..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Daily NK Thu, 22 Feb 18 14:06:21 +0900 5 Despite charm offensive, potential for North Korean Olympics cyber attack http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk02500&num=15022 On February 9, the day of the Pyeongchang Olympics opening ceremony, the official website of the Pyeongchang Olympics went offline. A spokesperson for the International Olympic Committee later confirmed that the problem was caused by a cyberattack on the organizing committee for this year's Olympics, but did not provide information as to the suspected culprit. This follows an attempted phishing campaign against Olympic organizations in January, where hackers hoped to gain access to equipment through employees unwittin..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Jang Seul Gi Thu, 22 Feb 18 11:35:20 +0900 5 Kim Jong Un eyes harsh punishment for soldier accused of attacking high-level cadre http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=15025 Kim Jong Un poses with military Unit 963 in the winter of 2014. Unit 963, also known as the Supreme Guard Command (SGC), is the unit chiefly responsible for guarding and escorting the nation's leader. Image: Rodong SinmunSources inside North Korea's capital city have revealed details of an incident involving an assault on a high-level cadre by a senior-ranked soldier belonging to Kim Jong Un's Supreme Guard Command (SGC). It is expected that the military authorities will make an example out of the soldier to reign in milit..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Chae Hwan Wed, 21 Feb 18 15:48:16 +0900 5 Exemption from forced labor offered as incentive to have more children http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=15024 A mother in Wonsan is honored on Korean Central Television for her patriotism in giving birth to ten children. Image: KCTV Similar to South Korea and Japan, North Korea is also grappling with a low birthrate problem, which the North Korean government fears could lead to a weakening of the party and the military. To address the problem, the authorities have introduced new incentive measures for families to have more children in exchange for honorary titles, inclusion in special distribution lists, and exemptions f..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kang Mi Jin Wed, 21 Feb 18 15:26:22 +0900 5 North Koreans appear more relaxed at Pyeongchang Olympics, but caveats remain http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00100&num=15023 As the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games pass their midpoint, the North Korean athletes, cheer squad, arts troupe, and other participants continue to receive a significant amount of attention from the South Korean press. But outside of North Korea’s participation in various performances and Olympic competitions, the activities of the group have remained challenging for the media to cover. Despite this, some are pointing out that the facial expressions and actions of the North Koreans at these Games appear to be mo..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Jang Seul Gi Wed, 21 Feb 18 15:17:47 +0900 5 S. Korea can do more to address NK human rights, says NGO leader http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk02500&num=15021 The Trump administration has brought significant focus to the North Korean human rights issue.  During his State of the Union Address delivered to the US Congress, President Trump referred to the story of Ji Seong Ho, a North Korean defector who was once a kkotjebi (homeless child). A few days later, Trump invited eight defectors to the White House, bringing attention to human rights abuses and the importance of information distribution in North Korea.   Following this, US Vice President Mike Pence..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Wed, 21 Feb 18 10:44:25 +0900 5 Calls mounting to focus on North Korea's crimes against humanity amidst charm offensive http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk02501&num=15014 North Korea analysts and human rights leaders met on February 13 to commemorate the 48th anniversary of the hijacking of a Korean Airlines flight and the abduction of its passengers by North Korea. Image: Daily NKLeaders from the human rights community in Seoul have been calling attention to continued human rights violations being committed by the North Korean regime, pushing back against the North's latest "peace offensive" surrounding the Pyeongchang Olympics and the South Korean government's warming attitude towards the..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Jang Seul Gi Tue, 20 Feb 18 10:11:00 +0900 5 Holiday cheer in low supply despite North Korean double holiday http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=15020 Holiday spirit was reportedly in short supply this year in the border regions of North Korea near China. This is despite the fact that both the Lunar New Year (the most significant traditional holiday) and Kim Jong Il’s birthday (one of North Korea’s most important anniversaries) fell on the same day this year.  "The Rodong Sinmun [North Korea’s Party-run publication is clamoring on about the holiday, but there’s really no celebratory feeling among the people,” a source in Ryanggang Province told Daily NK during ..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kang Mi Jin Tue, 20 Feb 18 10:07:40 +0900 5 Kim Jong Un's sports focus scores points for regime at home and abroad http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00400&num=15019 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un greets the victorious women’s soccer team at Pyongyang Sunan International Airport. The North Korean women’s team won the 2014 East Asian Football Federation championship. Image: Rodong SinmunNorth Korea has sent over 400 representatives to South Korea, including politicians, athletes, performers, Taekwondo demonstrators, and cheerleaders for the Pyeongyang Winter Olympic Games. Compared to the actual number of North Korean athletes participating in the games - 22 - this is a staggeringly la..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Ha Yoon Ah Tue, 20 Feb 18 09:58:32 +0900 5 North Korea's state factories plagued by theft from workers, managers http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01502&num=15018 Unification Media Group (UMG): It’s time for a weekly recap of North Korea market news with reporter Kang Mi Jin. Kang Mi Jin (Kang): Food factories all over the country have been working day and night to prepare gift snacks to kindergarten and primary school students in time for Kim Jong Il’s birthday on February 16. Due to labor shortages, some of the workers are being forced to do both the day and night shifts. Although many countries have problems with labor exploitation, North Korea is on a different level e..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Unification Media Group Tue, 20 Feb 18 09:49:14 +0900 5 North Korean authorities use trolleys to recapture transport market share http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=15017 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju ride a trolley through Pyongyang on the night of February 4. On the trolley, Kim emphasized how  the country’s mass transit system improves the lives of the people. Image: Rodong Sinmun The number of trolley cars and their hours of operation have expanded in Pyongsong City and across the country. This development has elicited mixed reactions from locals. On the one hand, it represents an improvement for the country’s public transport. On the other hand, ..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Seol Song Ah Mon, 19 Feb 18 17:02:02 +0900 5 [Photos] More North Korean overseas workers return home http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=15016 Workers from the shuttered Pyongyang Koryo Pavilion gather at the Dandong Train Station on February 9 to return to North Korea. Image: Daily NKAhead of the Lunar New Year holiday, Daily NK obtained photos of employees of a recently-closed North Korean restaurant called Pyongyang Koryo Pavilion in the Chinese border city of Dandong returning home to North Korea.Pyongyang Koryo Pavilion was the largest of North Korea’s overseas restaurants, and originally employed 200 people. However, the restaurant shut down in November due..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Seol Song Ah Fri, 16 Feb 18 16:00:23 +0900 5 [Photos] Cheering squad emphasizes unity to the end http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00100&num=15009 On the afternoon of February 10 at the Kwandong Hockey Centre in the city of Gangneung in Gangwon Province, the unified Korean female ice hockey team played its first game as part of Group B,against Switzerland.On the afternoon of February 10 at the Kwandong Hockey Centre in the city of Gangneung, the first match for the unified Korean female ice hockey team took place. The stadium was filled with the chants of the North Korean cheering squad and the cheers of the audience. The North Korean cheering squad - wearing ma..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Ha Yoon Ah Thu, 15 Feb 18 17:39:21 +0900 5 Ideological lectures say nuclear power brought together two Koreas at Olympics http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=15015 A photo of North Korea's Samjiyon Orchestra with Kim Jong Un after returning from South Korea for the Pyeongchang Olympics. The group is headed by Hyon Song Wol(front row, second from right). Image: Rodong SinmunThe North Korean regime has recently ordered ideological training for its citizens emphasizing that the unified Korean team is a result of North Korea’s nuclear capabilities. Sources inside the country say that the training sessions, led by the Organization and Guidance Department of the Korean Workers’ Party, are ..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Seol Song Ah Thu, 15 Feb 18 16:54:04 +0900 5 Olympics inspire hope for increased access to South Korean goods http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=15013 North Korean residents are reacting with keen interest to media coverage of the visit to South Korea by Kim Jong Un's younger sister Kim Yo Jong, which has included images of her attending events and dinner banquets alongside South Korean President Moon Jae In. Residents in the North had expressed limited interest in the events of weeks past, but it appears that Kim Yo Jong's visit and her delivery of a handwritten note from Kim Jong Un to the South Korean president has sparked the public's curiosity. The February 11 ..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kang Mi Jin Wed, 14 Feb 18 16:18:43 +0900 5 Kim Jong Un taking cues from Hitler's 1936 Olympic strategy http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk03600&num=15008 “The sportive, knightly battle awakens the best human characteristics. It doesn’t separate, but unites the combatants in understanding and respect. It also helps to connect the countries in the spirit of peace. That’s why the Olympic Flame should never die.”The above quote may at first glance seem like an inspiring message of the power of the Olympics to bring peace and unite the world around sport. Perhaps somewhat surprisingly though, is that they are the words of Adolf Hitler, referring to the Olympic torch relay, itsel..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Jung Kyo Jin, Research Professor, Korea University Wed, 14 Feb 18 15:52:49 +0900 5 North Korean merchants get creative to keep money flowing in winter http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01502&num=15007 Unification Media Group (UMG): It’s time for another edition of Market Trends, where we analyze the week’s latest economic updates. We’re here today with reporter Kang Mi JinKang Mi Jin (Kang): Last week, the people of North Korea were required to begin fulfilling compulsory orders to contribute manure to the state, a mobilization that typically runs through April. In order to procure humus soil - a replacement for manure - residents had no choice but to dig in hilly areas, causing damage to the environment. This has ..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Unification Media Group Wed, 14 Feb 18 15:29:53 +0900 5 Corruption blamed for poor quality of snacks distributed to children for leader's birthday http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk02900&num=15006 Various snacks manufactured by factories in Pyongyang, which are generally considered to be of better quality than the items distributed to children on the birthday anniversaries of North Korea’s leaders. Image: Daily NKUnification Media Group (UMG): The North Korean authorities are preparing to hand out snack foods as gifts for the nation’s children to mark the birthday of Kim Jong Il on February 16. While the exercise in gift-giving may have helped build feelings of national unity among citizens in the past, the eff..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Seol Song Ah Tue, 13 Feb 18 17:53:14 +0900 5 Talks of inter-Korean summit surface but US-North Korea talks will be key http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00400&num=15005 Kim Yo Jong handing President Moon Jae In a handwritten letter from Kim Jong Un on the morning of February 10 at the Blue House (South Korea’s presidential residence). Image: Yonhap News AgencyKim Yo Jong, vice director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department of the Workers' Party of Korea, handed President Moon Jae In a handwritten letter from Kim Jong Un in her capacity as a special envoy. She also took the opportunity to officially invite South Korea’s President Moon to visit Pyongyang, raising the possibility of a t..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Ha Yoon Ah Tue, 13 Feb 18 17:43:38 +0900 5 How Kim Yo Jong signals a change in North Korea's strategy http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00300&num=15004 Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (left), with South Korean President Moon Jae In (center), and President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea Kim Yong Nam (right) at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul on February 10, 2018. Image: Yonhap News AgencyThis week's visit by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's younger sister Kim Yo Jong, who is now said to be the vice-director of the state Propaganda and Agitation Department, marks the first visit to South Korea of a member o..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Daily NK Mon, 12 Feb 18 16:26:17 +0900 5 North Korean army oil embezzler sentenced to execution http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=15002 A North Korean military officer has been sentenced to execution on charges of embezzling state property. The officer, a rear guard supply head in the Second Division of the First Corps, was stationed in Ipo-ri, Kumgang County, Kangwon Province.“This high-ranking officer (between a first lieutenant and a captain in the South Korean army) sold 3.5 tons of crude oil for personal gain over the past two years. The charges were handed down from the Supreme Commander [Kim Jong Un] on February 1,” a source in Kangwon Province said..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Chae Hwan Mon, 12 Feb 18 15:19:23 +0900 5 North Koreans finally hear about defector soldier's dash across DMZ http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=15003 News of the North Korean soldier who made a daring escape across the heavily militarized Korean border has just broken in North Korea and is captivating residents, reports an inside source. News concerning North Korea’s delegation to the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games - including Kim Jong Un’s sister Kim Yo Jong, a cheering squad, and the Samjiyon Orchestra - has been eclipsed by the story of the defector soldier.“Even though news from the outside world is restricted and heavily censored, some information about..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kang Mi Jin Mon, 12 Feb 18 11:36:46 +0900 5 North Koreans sell from private homes to avoid crackdowns and cold http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01502&num=14992 Unification Media Group (UMG): The Korean peninsula is in the midst of a cold snap, which may be why the outdoor markets here in South Korea haven’t been very busy these days. To hear about the latest market conditions in North Korea, we turn to reporter Kang Mi Jin. Kang Mi Jin (Kang): It has gotten slightly warmer since last week, but the cold is still causing some retail businesses to remain closed due to a lack of customers.  North Korea is even colder that the South. I would imagine that, given the chilly weather..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Unification Media Group Fri, 09 Feb 18 16:46:54 +0900 5 State companies irked by Kim Jong Un order to find foreign investors amid 'Peace Olympics' http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=15000 In line with efforts to ease sanctions and attain recognition as a normal member of the international community, North Korea has recently ordered high-level organs to use the Olympics as a basis to identify foreign investors and establish new foreign currency-earning operations in the country. "Using the occasion of the Pyeongchang Olympics in South Korea, sports, construction, and other sectors have been ordered to recruit foreign investors," a source in Pyongyang told Daily NK on February 6. "The authorities are desperat..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kang Mi Jin Fri, 09 Feb 18 16:30:53 +0900 5 North Korean national athlete's message of hope to former teammates at the Pyeongchang Olympics http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00300&num=14995 Members of the North Korean women's ice hockey team arrive in South Korea on January 25. Image: Unification MinistryI watched the North Korean athletes on the news coming through the airport in South Korea, and became teary-eyed at the sight of the girls putting on their smiles. As a former national athlete for North Korea myself, I can understand exactly what they are going through.As the confirmation of the North's participation in the Games was quite sudden, instead of feeling excited about their arrival, the athletes a..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Myung Fri, 09 Feb 18 16:18:49 +0900 5 Ideological purity demanded for embedded agents in Olympic group, but bribes remain key factor http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14998 Curiosity is growing over the presence of North Korean state security agents embedded within the groups of athletes and supporting staff visiting South Korea this month. Rumors are spreading that a couple of formerly unknown North Korean women's ice hockey team members are actually undercover security agents.It is typical for North Korea to embed agents in groups that are sent abroad, tasked with directing and conducting surveillance over the other members of the group. The subject of defections has become a matter great c..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kang Mi Jin Fri, 09 Feb 18 16:12:01 +0900 5 Kim Jong Un sees propaganda opportunity in sending sister to Olympics http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00400&num=14999 North Korean state television aired scenes of the 'art troupe' preparing to board a train on their way to the Pyeongchang Olympics in South Korea on February 6. Kim Jong Un's younger sister Kim Yo Jong (second from right) appears as part of the group of high-level officials seeing off the group. Image: Yonhap News AgencyWith this week's announcement by North Korea that Kim Jong Un's younger sister Kim Yo Jong would be visiting the Pyeongchang Olympics as part of the planned high-level delegation, analysts are calling the m..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Ha Yoon Ah; Jang Seul Gi Fri, 09 Feb 18 16:02:55 +0900 5 North Korea sends message with symbolic red outfits for Olympic orchestra http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01700&num=14997 Kim Jong Un's younger sister Kim Yo Jong is seen (right, circled) observing the art troupe as they board a train on their way to the Pyeongchang Olympics. Image: Choson SinboNorth Korea’s state publication Rodong Sinmun has published an image of the country’s art troupe and Samjiyon Orchestra, led by Hyon Song Wol, lining up to board a train on their way to South Korea for the Pyeongchang Olympics. The black scarves and long red coats worn by the group has invoked comparisons to attire worn by communist armies.Key figures ..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Seol Song Ah Fri, 09 Feb 18 15:37:31 +0900 5 Questions over lasting effect of 'Peace Olympics' on Korean Peninsula http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk02500&num=14996 Despite the appearance of peace surrounding North Korea's participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the war of nerves with the United States continues. There is continued talk in the US of a preemptive 'bloody nose' strike on the North, and North Korea remains staunchly committed to advancing its nuclear weapons systems. The US seeks denuclearization as a starting point for dialogue, while North Korea seeks recognition from the US as a legitimate nuclear power. Given this difference, a US military strike or other f..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Ha Yoon Ah Fri, 09 Feb 18 15:31:22 +0900 5 Ordinary residents ordered to provide ingredients for Kim Jong Il birthday snack manufacturing http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14994 Clockwise from top left, snacks distributed to children on the birthdays of Kim family leaders in 1977, 1994, 2008, and 2017. Image: Daily NKAs North Korea prepares traditional snack packages for children in celebration of Kim Jong Il's birthday on February 16, sources in Ryanggang Province has revealed that the authorities are demanding local residents provide the ingredients needed to manufacture these snacks. "Every household in the area was ordered to provide to their inminban (People's Unit) 150 grams of sesame seeds ..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kang Mi Jin Thu, 08 Feb 18 00:09:59 +0900 5 Fragile peace on the Korean peninsula - can it last? http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk02500&num=14993 Tensions on the Korean peninsula have simmered in the midst of a flurry of diplomatic engagement after North Korea accepted a South Korean government invitation to participate in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games, which begin this week. These were the first bilateral high level talks to occur between the two countries in two years. However, despite the improvements, the possibility remains that the North could engage in further provocative behavior.    North Korea’s eagerness to participate in the Olympic..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Ha Yoon Ah Wed, 07 Feb 18 23:55:01 +0900 5 Diplomacy or mere decorum for Kim Yong Nam-led Olympic delegation? http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00400&num=14991 In a February 4 message to the South, North Korea announced that they will send a 22-person delegation, led by President of the Supreme People's Assembly Kim Yong Nam, to the Pyeongchang Olympics Opening Ceremony on Friday. Image: Yonhap News AgencyNorth Korea has announced that Kim Yong Nam, President of the Supreme People's Assembly, will lead a high-level delegation set to attend the February 9 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics opening ceremony. The move to send the country's ceremonial head of state is being perceived as an ..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Ha Yoon Ah Wed, 07 Feb 18 23:43:58 +0900 5 North Korea's winter military parade full of cold, beatings, and exhaustion http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01501&num=14990 A female military brass band performs for the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the Korean Workers' Party on October 10, 2015. Image: Yonhap News AgencyNorth Korea is preparing to conduct a large-scale military parade earlier than usual to mark the founding of the Korean People’s Army (KPW) on February 8. The anniversary of the KPA’s foundation is April 25, and such parades have always been conducted on this date in the past. Satellite images suggest that broad preparations are indeed taking place. There are also repor..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Jang Seul Gi Wed, 07 Feb 18 10:04:24 +0900 5 Olympic peace unlikely to result in denuclearization, says head of unification research center http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk02500&num=14989 There has been a thaw in North Korea-South Korea relations owing to diplomatic activity surrounding the Pyeongchang Olympic Games and the participation of North Korean athletes. However, North Korea unexpectedly cancelled a joint North-South cultural performance that was scheduled to be held at North Korea’s Mount Kumgang. In addition, the North has announced that it plans to host a large scale military parade just one day prior to the grand opening of the Olympic Games. North Korea has also demanded that, “South Joseon [S..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Jang Seul Gi Wed, 07 Feb 18 05:29:47 +0900 5 North Korean merchant says trade and smuggling slashed by sanctions http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14988 A customs checkpoint in China's Dandong City, on the border with North Korea. February 2nd was a quiet day, with barely any vehicles permitted to enter North Korea. Image: Daily NKChina’s Liaoning Province is responsible for 70% of bilateral trade with North Korea. Daily NK recently spoke with a North Korean merchant in the border city of Dandong to better understand what sort of impact the international sanctions campaign is having on business.The interviewee noted that the damage to trade has been significant, saying, “I..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Sung Il Wed, 07 Feb 18 05:24:23 +0900 5 Real estate companies in Pyongyang use advance payments to fund construction http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14985 An image from an article in the Rodong Sinmun published on June 21, 2016, which claimed that basic construction has been completed for buildings on Ryomyong Street. Image: Rodong SinmunReal estate companies in Pyongyang are pushing ahead with construction projects in the new year after receiving permission from the North Korean authorities. These companies are reportedly securing construction funds by demanding upfront payments for spaces in the buildings. "Owners have already been determined for half of the units in the a..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Seol Song Ah Tue, 06 Feb 18 06:54:30 +0900 5 Renewed grievances over forced labor for Masik Pass Ski Resort construction http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14987 A photo on a wall inside the Koryo Hotel in Pyongyang purporting to show workers enjoying a holiday at the Masik Pass ski resort. Image: Daily NK Joint ski training events held at North Korea's Masik Pass ski resort this week have received coverage by the international press. Daily NK has recently heard from inside sources about the forced labor mobilization that soldiers were subjected to by the regime  to construct the ski facilities. "There are a lot of people who are fuming at the recent state propaganda for ..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kang Mi Jin Tue, 06 Feb 18 06:25:38 +0900 5 Authorities focus on Kangwon Province in push to prevent defections by sea http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14984 During an incident last November, North Korean soldiers (circled in red) at the Joint Security Area (JSA) are shown firing upon a fellow soldier defecting to South Korea across the demilitarized zone. Image: UN CommandAs North Korea continues its charm offensive coinciding with the Pyeongchang Olympics, sources inside the country are reporting that the authorities have initiated yet another crackdown on defections. The dramatic escape of a North Korean soldier through the DMZ late last year, caught on camera and broadcast ..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Lee Sang Yong Mon, 05 Feb 18 15:47:35 +0900 5 State media image of Hyon Song Wol front and center surprises residents http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14983 A January 23 story published in the North Korean state newspaper Rodong Sinmun includes a striking image of inspection team leader Hyon Song Wol preparing to disembark into a crowd of South Korean press and police. Image: Rodong SinmunNorth Korean residents have been voicing their opinions after the state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun published photos of Samjiyon Orchestra leader Hyon Song Wol's visit to South Korea on January 23.The image shows Hyon preparing to exit a bus in the eastern city of Gangneung, where numerous Ol..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Seol Song Ah Sat, 03 Feb 18 10:33:41 +0900 5 New hot food trends warm up the residents in frigid North Korea http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01502&num=14979 Unification Media Group (UMG): The frigid winter chill has returned to North Korea following a brief warmer spell. For residents of North Korea’s northern alpine regions, the extreme cold can make even the simple prospect of leaving the house a frightening endeavor. To fight back against the winter frost, residents have been turning to the markets. For more, we are here with economic correspondent Kang Mi Jin. Kang Mi Jin (Kang): North Koreans grow up with frigid winters all their lives and thus have some capacity to resis..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Unification Media Group Sat, 03 Feb 18 10:07:50 +0900 5 Market conditions worsen in Sinuiju following crackdowns on both sides of the border http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14981 North Korean ships in the Yalu River. Image: Daily NKEconomic conditions are reportedly worsening in the North Korea’s border city of Sinuiju due to the intensification of international sanctions enforcement by China. "More people are complaining of difficulties due to overland imports having decreased considerably, and the Chinese authorities are also cracking down on smuggling ships," a source in Sinuiju told Daily NK on January 29.  The United Nations Security Council passed a series of sanctions resolutions over t..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Sung Il Fri, 02 Feb 18 15:23:46 +0900 5 Why did North Korea cancel the Mt. Kumgang joint performance? http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00400&num=14980 A South Korean inspection team visits the culture center at Mt. Kumgang (shown above) on January 23. Image: Unification Ministry North Korea has cancelled a joint North-South cultural performance that was set to be held at Mt. Kumgang, citing negative South Korean media coverage as the reason behind the decision. Analysts have raised the possibility that the move was pre-planned and part of a wider strategy.The South Korean Unification Ministry received official notification on January 29 stating that the plans for the pe..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Ha Yoon Ah Fri, 02 Feb 18 15:19:07 +0900 5 South Korean press ‘insults' not the real reason for North Korea's Mt. Kumgang event cancellation http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00400&num=14982 A picture of the Masik Pass ski resort taken by a South Korean inspection team member who visited the facilities on January 24. Image: Unification MinistryNorth and South Korean skiers participated in joint training and friendly competition at the Masik Pass ski resort located near the eastern North Korean city of Wonsan from January 31 to February 1. Despite the North abruptly canceling a joint cultural performance set to be held at Mt. Kumgang this week, the ski event went forward as planned. Concerns have been raised th..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Ha Yoon Ah Fri, 02 Feb 18 15:13:42 +0900 5 North Korea relishes world’s interest in its high-level Olympic delegation http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00400&num=14977 A high-level North Korean delegation attended the closing ceremony of the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon. Members included then Vice Marshal of the Korean People's Army (KPA) Hwang Pyong So (left), Secretary for the United Front Department and South Korean policy Kim Yang Gon (middle), and then Chairman of the State Physical Culture and Sports Commission Choe Ryong Hae (right). Image: Yonhap News AgencyAfter weeks of negotiations, North and South Korea have in recent days explored exchanges and cooperation for the 2..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Ha Yoon Ah Thu, 01 Feb 18 11:30:19 +0900 5 Defectors 'easy target' for abuses due to lack of legal knowledge, access to counsel http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01501&num=14978 Kim Hye Eun (alias) is a 53-year-old defector who recently contacted Daily NK to report her experiences with the legal system in South Korea. According to Kim, she became the target of a legal scam in September 2016, when an individual sued her following a dispute over a parked vehicle. The plaintiff asked the court for 15 million won (KRW), and in the end Kim was ordered to pay a 1 million KRW penalty.Kim pointed out that North Korean defectors are often the targets of such scams, and that they are also often unprepared f..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kim Ji Seung Thu, 01 Feb 18 11:21:33 +0900 5 North Korea's athlete factories: how they work http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14975 Athletes from the North Korean female ice hockey team arrive for training in South Korea. Image: South Korean Ministry of Unification Unification Media Group (UMG): With the PyeongChang Olympics less than two weeks away, a group of North Korean women’s ice hockey athletes arrived in South Korea to begin training with their South Korean counterparts. The two groups of athletes will comprise a joint squad for the upcoming games. The world’s eyes are fixed on the latest developments involving the North’s athletes, but today w..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Seol Song Ah Thu, 01 Feb 18 11:19:56 +0900 5 Tens of thousands mobilized for Wonsan beach tourist project http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14974 An August 2013 image from state media outlet KCNA showing hundreds of residents in the water at Wonsan's Songdowon beach resort. Image: KCNAThe North Korean authorities are mobilizing ordinary citizens and military conscripts alike in a push to accelerate construction of the "Wonsan Kalma Shore Tourist Zone" situated on the country's east coast.  Sources inside North Korea report that the authorities have conveyed their intentions to complete the project before the July 27 "Victory Day" holiday, which is referred to a..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Lee Sang Yong Wed, 31 Jan 18 10:28:47 +0900 5 Even Party officials put to work in North Korea's manure marathon http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=14976 North Korean residents shovel manure on a farm. Image: Uriminzokkiri (North Korean news website) January 12, 2015.Every year, North Korea mobilizes its population to contribute manure to the state. As part of wider efforts to compensate for the country’s chronic shortages, the policy is a combination of forced labor and taxation. This year, the authorities have put both ordinary residents and workers associated with the Party and judicial agencies to work. While in years past, party cadres were able to pay bribes in r..]]> DailyNK - Brightening the future of Korea Kang Mi Jin Wed, 31 Jan 18 09:41:54 +0900 5