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May 31, 2020

Daily NK snapshots from North Korea

Rising theft of corn from farms In rural areas of South Pyongan Province, there has been a recent rise in the theft of corn from...
North Koreans farming in North Hamgyong Province in early June 2019 ban loans farms fertilizer

Collective farm director in South Pyongan Province resigns from coveted position

The managing director of a collective farm, a highly-valued job in North Korea, recently resigned from his position citing difficulties in performing his duties,...
Street market in Hyesan, Ryanggang Province rice sellers

North Koreans turn to local currency due to foreign currency shortages

Daily NK sources report that North Korea is experiencing a lack of foreign currency as the country continues to be impacted by international sanctions...

Government conducts survey on housing prices in North Korea

Amidst signs that housing prices in North Korea are falling due to economic stagnation, the authorities are assessing the state of the housing market...

North Korean soldiers working on farms ordered to maintain combat readiness

As tensions have risen on the Korean Peninsula due to North Korea’s recent missile launches, North Korean soldiers mobilized to work on farms near...

North Korean smugglers self-inspect to avoid punishment by authorities

Smugglers have started inspecting their own goods to be sent across the border into China, North Korean sources report. The behavior is arising due to...
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Rise in North Koreans defecting for economic reasons

There is an increasing number of North Koreans who are defecting from the country for economic reasons, according to sources inside the country. While North...
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during an inspection of the Samjiyon Potato Farina Production Factory in Samjiyon County, Ryanggang Province in October 2018

North Korean farmers sent to labor camp for stealing potato seeds

A farmer at a potato farm in Ryanggang Province was recently sent to a forced labor camp for stealing seeds meant for planting, a...
October 2018 photo of North Korean porter in Sunchon, South Pyongan Province

Some families in North Korea face starvation due to international sanctions, sources say

An increasing number of families are facing starvation as food shortages in North Korea’s agricultural regions continue to worsen, sources in North Korea say....
Musan County, North Hamgyong Province

Massive international market plans for Musan cancelled following Hanoi summit failure

The North Korean authorities were planning to construct a massive “international market” in North Hamgyong Province earlier in the year, but the failure of...

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