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North Korea's Secret Stories

North Korea’s Secret Stories is a series written by Daily NK journalist Kim Jeong Hun that explores underreported areas of North Korean society, highlighting stories that the North Korean government does not want the world to know.

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N. Korean veteran disappears after speaking out against harsh COVID protocols

In autumn 2020, when North Korea implemented broad-ranging nationwide lockdowns in response to COVID-19, North Koreans faced limits in everything they did. Doing business...
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The impact of N. Korea’s harsh lockdown of Onsong County in 2022 still reverberates...

In the summer of 2022, North Korean authorities imposed a strict lockdown in Onsong County, North Hamgyong Province, to prevent the spread of the...
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N. Korea installed facial recognition devices at major train stations during height of COVID

In 2021, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the North Korean government sought technologies that could help it better track the movements of...
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Why was a N. Korean man executed for transporting medicine from China?

In May 2021, when North Korea had a strict COVID-19 quarantine regime in place, the South Pyongan Province Emergency Anti-Epidemic Headquarters ordered the execution...

North Korea’s ban on fishing in 2020 rouses anger

In late September 2020, North Korea issued an order to all fishing companies on the east and west coasts to accurately record all processes...
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Behind N. Korea’s lockdown of Kaesong in July 2020

In July 2020, Kaesong was put on lockdown when a North Korean defector crossed the inter-Korean border amid the COVID pandemic. According to media reports,...
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North Korea’s cruel response to the spread of COVID-19

One day in August 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic spread throughout the world, a fever of unknown origin began to sweep through the dwellings...
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How one North Korean man was purged for no real reason

In June 2020, the iconic Changgwangwon Health Complex in North Korea celebrated its 40th anniversary. The complex is known among Pyongyang residents for having...

How a Supreme Guard Command officer found himself in front of a firing squad

On Sept. 24, 2020, a high-ranking official in the Supreme Guard Command (SGC), the military branch responsible for the protection of the Kim family,...

The tragic story of one outspoken North Korean journalist

On Jan. 1, 2012, shortly after taking power, Kim Jong Un visited the offices of Rodong Sinmun - the country's most prominent newspaper -...

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