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May 21, 2019

“I Want to Go to South Chosun Too”

“I want to go to South Chosun (Korea) too…” As the number of defectors entering South Korea beings to surge, North Koreans are growing ever...

NK, the New-Rich Even Have Housemaids

In North Korea, the new-rich, who acquired their fortunes through illegal activities such as the black market and drug trafficking, now have housemaids. 'Good Friends',...

North Korean Prices Rising… Pork at Chongjin Market, 1kg, 2500 won

North Korean prices are continuing to rise. Defector Lee Hae Sun (assumed name, 36), who lives in Gangsuh-gu, Seoul, had a telephone conversation with family...

Centralized Control of Jangmadang … Onsung, Rice 1kg, 1,200 won

In June, the peak of rice-planting season, North Korean authorities station security guards at the crossroads of Jangmadang (a type of black market), and...

[Special Report] “Kim Jong Il, Partially Allowed to Watch Chinese VCDs”

In North Korea, South Korean dramas are distributed through VCDs (So-called ‘Flat eggs’, illegally copied DVDs). It was reported that Kim Jong Il...

[Phone interview with a Hoiryeong resident] “Sale Prohibited til Rice-Planting Ends”

The North Korean government has issued an order forcibly mobilizing residents to rice planting through the "70 Days of Rice-Planting" between May 20th and...

‘Yellow Spring’ in North Korea…Similiar To The Food Shortage in 1998

North Korea is facing its most trying "yellow spring" ever. "Yellow Spring" refers to the color that the sky looks due to mass starvation,...

Price of Rice Rises Sharply in May

In North Korea, there has been a sharp rise in the price of domestic rice. In mid May, the price of rice in North Pyongan...

Public Sentiment in North Korea, “What Has Kim Jong Il Done for Us?”

A former official from the Science Department of the (North) Korea Workers' Party who applied for asylum in South Korea, said in an interview...

Time Bomb on the Korean Peninsula: North Korea-China Border

The North Korea-China border was the window into the North during the famine of the 1990s. Approximately 1 million crossed the border numerous times...

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