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Nampo’s 2021 lockdown led to tragedy for many people

In early 2020, as North Korea implemented a maritime lockdown in response to COVID-19, the port city of Nampo suffered a steep drop in...

A glimpse into the future of surveillance technology in North Korea

North Korea may be infamous for being “decades in the past,” but its technology is not nearly so far behind. North Korea has trained...

Remains of N. Korean workers who died in Russia returned to...

The remains of North Korean laborers who died while working in the Russian cities of Krasnoyarsk and Tynda were recently turned over to their...

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...

N. Korea installed facial recognition devices at major train stations during...

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...

Young North Koreans are taking pains to avoid military service

Editor's Note: In Sep. 2021, North Korea’s Supreme People’s Assembly adopted the “Youth Education Guarantee Act,” one of the “big three” oppressive laws passed...

North Korean rice prices see growing regional disparity

As rice prices continue to increase throughout North Korea's markets, regional disparities in prices have grown deeper due, at least in part, to severe...

Why was a N. Korean man executed for transporting medicine from...

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...

Hyesan street vendors struggle to make ends meet despite easing crackdowns

Despite the easing of crackdowns, street food vendors in Hyesan are struggling these days because they make so little money, Daily NK has learned. "Business...

N. Pyongan Province’s trade activities are still under heavy central government...

While North Korea's provinces are now allowed to conduct a certain level of trade thanks to the "20x10 regional development policy," trade remains tightly...

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