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February 17, 2019

Illicit drugs top list of holiday gifts for government officials in North Korea

In North Korea, the words “bingdu” and “ulleum,” refer to the illicit drug ice. Methamphetamines are so widespread in the country that it has...

Broker in North Korea placed on trial for human trafficking

  A man in his 40s who aided the transfer of two shock workers from the Samjiyon modernization project to human traffickers in China was...

Samsu Power Plant fails to meet demand, frustrating local residents

The Samsu Power Plant, a hydroelectric power station located in Ryanggang Province, is failing to provide sufficient levels of electricity to nearby areas, leading...

5 North Koreans sentenced to “correctional labor” for using foreign-made phones

The North Korean authorities are conducting a massive crackdown targeting the import and use of foreign-made mobile phones in the country, North Korean sources...

Lunch box index? Food quality on the rise in North Korea

The average quality of lunch food being eaten by residents mobilized in this year’s “manure battle” has noticeably improved, North Korean sources report. Average household...

North Korean authorities give lectures on U.S. lifestyle “colonization” of South Korea, documents reveal

Lecture materials handed out to Workers’ Party of Korea (WKP) directors last month claim South Korea is facing a loss of national identity due...

Authorities attempt to raise loyalty before Kim Jong Il’s birthday

The North Korean authorities are trying to raise loyalty among the population prior to one of North Korea’s biggest holidays, Kim Jong Il’s birthday...
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Agricultural committee elections held early in North Hamgyong Province to prepare for farming season

The elections are generally held between late January and February each year, but have started early this year with the formation of farmer general...

Suspect arrested in murder of elderly man in South Hamgyong Province

A man in his 30s has been arrested by police for breaking into a house and killing the occupant, an elderly man in his...

North Koreans build nascent fintech infrastructure with “mobile money”

Amidst reports that North Korea’s mobile subscriber base has recently surpassed 6 million, a service called “mobile money” that allows users to share mobile...

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