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North Korea orders “simple” Chuseok celebrations

North Koreans are celebrating Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving) modestly this year due to continued economic difficulties and an order by the authorities to “celebrate the...

Teenager fights pine nut farm guards, killing one 

After entering a pine nut farm illegally, a teenager in Ryanggang Province defended himself from the farm’s guards with a knife, causing one fatality...

Facing food shortages, North Korea taps rice reserves

Significant quantities of military rice reserves at a storage facility in Daeosichon, Ryanggang Province, are being trucked out and may be heading to the...

Pyongyang factories encourage workplace exemption program

Managers of some Pyongyang-based factories are encouraging their workers to take part in a popular workplace exemption program referred to colloquially as “8.3 Earnings,”...

North Korea continues showdown with the US, seeks “new path”

Although US-South Korean military drills have ended, it appears unlikely that US-North Korean talks will resume anytime soon. The US seems to be waiting...

Daily NK snapshots from North Korea

SNAPSHOTS The Sweetening of North Korea’s Snack Industry Even as recently as the early 2000s, there were very few North Korean confections that were sweet. Consumers...

North Korea avoids customs duties through state-sponsored smuggling

State-sponsored smuggling remains prevalent in the border regions as the authorities look to secure much-needed foreign currency. The country remains under international sanctions imposed...

[Photos] Heat wave, sanctions bring increased hardship to Sino-North Korea border

Daily NK traveled to the Sino-North Korea border region in July to investigate whether international sanctions and the heatwave gripping the country are having...

North Korean state security agent shares thoughts on sanctions, defectors and...

As changes to the political situation on the Korean Peninsula continue in the wake of the inter-Korean, US-DPRK (abbreviation for North Korea's formal name)...

Export sanctions lead to hard times for those in coal-producing regions

As coal exports have slowed to a crawl due to international sanctions, North Korea’s coal country of Kaechon, South Pyongan Province, and Kujang County,...

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