Daily NK in the News (February 2020)

February 2020: International News Citation Highlights

THE NEW YORK TIMES

Feb. 14: U.S. supports aid to North Korea for fighting the coronavirus

“North Korea has also shut its ports and borders to foreign goods and summoned back​ officials who had been earning hard currency​ in China​, quarantining them on the border, Daily NK said. North Korea’s military​ has also been smuggling in​ large ​quantities of South Korean face masks​ through China, it ​said.”

REUTERS

Feb. 4: Burdened by sanctions, North Korea sees coronavirus threaten economic lifelines

“Kang Mi-jin, a North Korean defector in Seoul who reports for the Daily NK website, also confirmed that the border appears to have been almost entirely shut down since at least Jan. 30.”

NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO

Feb. 12: Because Of Coronavirus North Korea Cuts Off China, Its Economic Lifeline

“There are a lot of information campaigns going on domestically about coronavirus, about the severity of it, about the need for good hygiene… there are reports on Daily NK and others of incidences where people have gone to some of these information sessions.”

THE NATIONAL INTEREST

Feb. 24: Kim Yo-jong: North Korea’s Second-In-Command?

“According to sources cited in Daily NK in Japan, in May of 2015 around a dozen of Kim Yo-jong’s classmates from Kim Il-sung University vanished simultaneously.”

THE DIPLOMAT

Feb. 14: North Korea’s bizarre strategies for tackling the coronavirus outbreak

“North Korea’s central government reportedly ordered health and local authorities to burn all dead bodies, according to a North Korea-based source who spoke to Daily NK.”

VOICE OF AMERICA

Feb. 14: UN Ready to Consider Exemption for Virus Aid for North Korea

“[T]he Daily NK website reported on Monday that a woman in Pyongyang died in January from “acute pneumonia,” exhibiting symptoms similar to that of the coronavirus infection.”

AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION

Feb. 27: South Korea’s approach to coronavirus could be putting many at risk, including North Korea

“North Korea’s propaganda outlets maintain the country has zero cases of the virus. But… Daily NK, has reported a suspicious death of a cross-border smuggler who died of pneumonia-like symptoms in mid-February.”

38 NORTH

Feb. 28: North Korea strengthens internal travel restrictions to keep the coronavirus in check

Daily NK has reported on the travel restrictions inside the county before… This recent report goes into greater detail.”

THE DAILY BEAST

Feb. 9: North Korea’s secret coronavirus crisis is crazy scary

“Among the first to report fatalities in North Korea, the Seoul-based website Daily NK said five people had died in the critical northwestern city of Sinuiju…”

INDEPENDENT

Feb. 19: [North] Korea Bans Smuggling In Border Areas

“North Korean leader Kim Jong Un recently ordered that smuggling in the border areas as well as the abetting or concealing of such activities will be subject to punishment under military law, Daily NK has learned.”

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES

Feb. 20: Coronavirus death in North Korea revealed, reports of no COVID-19 ‘can’t be trusted’

“A total of 18 people have been placed in quarantine at the No. 3 Hospital in Pyongyang, reports Daily NK, an online newspaper with sources in North Korea but published in South Korea.”

38 NORTH

Feb. 11: The North Korean economy: growing resource scarcity may accelerate state control over markets

“In Pyongyang, Daily NK reported in January, authorities have raised fees for electricity and have become stricter in enforcing them, in order to bring in more resources to complete construction of the Wonsan-Kalma Tourism Zone.”

NK NEWS

Feb. 7: North Korea gas prices increase sharply amid coronavirus measures: data | NK PRO

“North Korean diesel and petrol prices increased sharply as authorities adopted a range of measures to stop the spread of the novel Coronavirus, data obtained by the Daily NK and analyzed by NK Pro indicated on Thursday.”

NK ECON WATCH

Feb. 5: North Korea’s coronavirus border shutdown: “Nobody is to come into contact with Chinese people”

“[T]ourism is essentially completely banned, and border crossings with China and Russia completely shut aside from outbound movements of people (with some exceptions, as reported here by Daily NK).”

STANDARD DIGITAL

Feb. 13: North Korean suspected of having coronavirus shot dead for leaving quarantine room

“Among the first to report fatalities in North Korea, the Seoul-based website Daily NK said five people had died in the critical northwestern city of Sinuiju.”

STRAITS TIMES

Feb. 5: Epidemic threatens N. Korea’s economic lifelines

“Ms Kang Mi-jin, a North Korean defector in Seoul who reports for the Daily NK website, said the border appears to have been almost entirely shut down since at least Jan 30.”

HORTIBIZ

Feb. 12: Greenhouse vegetables to end food shortages

“North Korea is making an effort to overcome its food shortages by expanding its greenhouse-based vegetable and fruit production industry, Daily NK sources recently reported.”

DAILY MERCURY

Feb. 10: ‘Keep the bodies secret’: Coronavirus spreads further

“Seoul-based website Daily NK, which reports on North Korea using sources from inside the hermit country, said five people had died in the critical northwestern city of Sinuiju.”

FUTURISM

Feb. 13: Deadly Outbreak COVID-19 Reportedly Spreads to North Korea

“South Korean publication Daily NK, which specializes in investigative journalism about North Korea, reported earlier this week that authorities there had made cremation mandatory.”

TAIPEI TIMES

Feb. 5: Virus Outbreak: Virus threatens North Korea’s lifelines

“Kang Mi-jin, a North Korean defector in Seoul who reports for the Daily NK Web site, confirmed that the border appears to have been almost entirely shut down since at least Thursday last week.”

ANADOLU AGENCY

Feb. 26: South Asian nations increase measures against COVID-19

“Authorities in Sinuiju city have shut down transit in and out of the city as part of efforts to prohibit its spread, Daily NK have reported Wednesday.”

MIRROR

Feb. 13: North Korea official ‘shot dead’ for public baths trip over coronavirus fears

“Among the first to report fatalities in North Korea, the Seoul-based website Daily NK said five people had died in the critical northwestern city of Sinuiju.”

WALL STREET REBEL

Feb. 10: Millions at Risk in North Korea, due to Inadequate Medical Preparedness“According to Daily NK, those who have died from the Coronavirus crossed the porous Yalu River border despite orders to cut off traffic from China.”

END – February 2020 International News Citation Highlights

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