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February 3, 2023

Interviews

Interviews conducted by Daily NK staff of North Koreans, North Korea experts, and defectors.

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Stuck in China, this N. Korean worker is eagerly awaiting his return home

North Korea’s closure of the country’s borders to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in early 2020 has meant that overseas laborers have been unable...

How four North Koreans viewed Shinzo Abe’s assassination

The recent killing of former Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo has shocked the world. Abe was giving a stump speech ahead of Japan’s House of...

Daily NK talks to three defectors about N. Korea’s COVID-19 situation

Daily NK recently sat down with three defectors with family members still in North Korea and asked their opinions about the current COVID-19 situation...
Market official on patrol in Sunchon, South Pyongan Province

Three North Koreans provide a glimpse of North Korea’s worsening economic situation

North Koreans have recently begun facing a worsening economic situation, evidenced by reports that people are starving to death even within the country's major...

[Interview] North Koreans respond to their government’s push for more “recycling”

North Korea is running into problems supplying raw materials and supplies due to protracted international sanctions and the suspension of trade in response to...
Market official on patrol in Sunchon, South Pyongan Province

[Interview] How are North Korea’s markets doing following the closure of the Sino-North Korean...

It has been over a year since North Korean authorities locked down the border in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As all...
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Life in Pyongyang through the perspective of those who live there

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's focus recently has been on his country's capital city of Pyongyang. Kim, during a Politburo meeting held last month,...
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N. Korea quarantines suspected coronavirus cases in Sinuiju

Following the broadcast of a North Korean health ministry official discussing the symptoms of the Wuhan coronavirus on state television on Jan. 21, North...
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S. Korea gave death sentence to deported fishermen

The South Korean recently government deported two North Koreans captured in the East Sea. Amid questions surrounding what happened after they entered South Korean...
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Why are bribes in Pyongyang so expensive?

North Koreans are typically forced to pay bribes to get themselves out of trouble when caught watching foreign movies and dramas. For example, Daily...

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