• NK NEWS BRIEF | MAR 06, 2015

    March 6, 2015

    May 30 measures are being expanded throughout the country, whereby managers can now determine salaries, factories and enterprises can directly negotiate trade deals with ...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | FEB 26, 2015

    February 25, 2015

    The price of rice remained stable despite the Lunar New Year holiday season, supposedly due to a bumper harvest, Russian food aid, and increased supply routes for goods i...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | FEB 17, 2015

    February 17, 2015

    A woman in her 50s was publicly executed for gambling and drug use, although some sources suspect the real reason for execution was the woman’s vast accumulation of for...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | FEB 12, 2015

    February 12, 2015

    Daily NK: “Many don’t have enough money to afford to pay for a stall in the marketplace, so they either sell goods in the alleys of villages or by crossroads in close...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | FEB 06, 2015

    February 6, 2015

    Daily NK: "Recently in a town in Musan County, a female gasoline merchant in her 40s attempted to set herself on fire using diesel oil after being humiliated by a securit...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | JAN 30, 2015

    January 30, 2015

    NK bought 82.8M USD worth of smartphones from China in 2014, almost double the amount in 2013, according to Seoul-based Korea International Trade Association. Imports of ...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | JAN 22, 2015

    January 22, 2015

    Daily NK Yangkang source: “Starting late last year, [officials] abruptly instigated a crackdown on the use of foreign currency in the marketplace, and now in the new ye...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | JAN 15, 2015

    January 16, 2015

    A construction accident at Yangkang Province killed dozens of soldiers at the end of last month. ...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | Jan 9, 2015

    January 9, 2015

    Citizens are being tested on their retention of the New Year’s address. N Hamkyung Province source: “Generally, residents can get an idea of the projects planned for ...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | Dec 19, 2014

    December 19, 2014

    The full UNGA passed a resolution criticising NK's human rights by a large majority. A UNSC meeting on NK's HR situation is expected next week. ...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | Dec 11, 2014

    December 11, 2014

    10 out of 15 members of the UNSC signed a letter calling for a formal Council meeting on NK HR. The signatories were: Australia, Chile, France, Jordan, Lithuania, Luxembo...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | Dec 03, 2014

    December 3, 2014

    The regime has banned parents from naming their children Jong-un, and those who already have the name have been ordered to register a name change....

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | Nov 28, 2014

    November 27, 2014

    Representatives of the ROKG and SKorean companies visited Rason to oversee a test run for trade and logistics linking the two Koreas and Russia....

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | Nov 20, 2014

    November 20, 2014

    The UNGA Third Committee approved a resolution encouraging the Security Council to consider referring NK to the ICC. PY responded by threatening a nuclear test....

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | Nov 13, 2014

    November 13, 2014

    The Rodong Sinmun published an editorial, “Let the Entire Country Rise in the Battle to Secure Water,” saying: “There has not been a year in the past century when t...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | Nov 6, 2014

    November 6, 2014

    The opening of the New Yalu Bridge between Dandong and Shinuiju has been delayed indefinitely, due to a lack of development on the NKorean side. GT criticised NK for bein...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | Oct 30, 2014

    October 30, 2014

    UN SR Darusman met NKorean diplomats twice to discuss a potential investigatory visit to NK and PY’s demand for the removal of language in the UNGA resolution calling f...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | Oct 23, 2014

    October 23, 2014

    A raging wildfire that broke out on October 21st in Samjiyon County, Yangkang Province is said to have burned down KJI’s home on Mount Baekdu near Milyong, where PY cla...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | Oct 15, 2014

    October 15, 2014

    On Oct 15th, the first high-level military talks in seven years were held at Panmunjom but ended without any breakthrough. According to ROK MOD, PY demanded Seoul "ban it...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | July 31, 2014

    July 31, 2014

    50 students from the prestigious “Pyongyang No.1 Middle School” died in a bus accident on the way to Songdowon Children’s Camp on the east coast....

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | July 25, 2014

    July 25, 2014

    On July 15-17, 29 defectors and six SKorean helpers were arrested in Qingdao and Kunming in China. ROK MOFA pledged to make all diplomatic efforts to prevent repatriation...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | July 21, 2014

    July 20, 2014

    Rising costs associated with sending children to school and limited professional opportunities in the official state system is leading to a high dropout rate across the c...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | July 10, 2014

    July 10, 2014

    Daily NK on the recent popularity of SKorean period drama Jeongdojeon in NK, partly because of its portrayal of a different Koryo Dynasty-era historical narrative than th...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | July 4, 2014

    July 4, 2014

    The authorities’ efforts to stop external media from circulating has been relatively effective. Nevertheless, some more fortunate young people continue to evade the str...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | June 4, 2014

    June 4, 2014

    The NK authorities have tightened up their efforts to stop external media from circulating in the early KJU era, and this has been relatively effective. Nevertheless, som...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | May 29, 2014

    May 29, 2014

    NK state media described the collapse of an apartment building in PY as a "serious accident" that caused an unspecified number of casualties in an unusual apologetic repo...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | May 17, 2014

    May 17, 2014

    Amidst crackdowns, at least 100 PY citizens have been internally exiled to remote mountainous areas after searches revealed they had viewed or were in possession of SKore...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | May 8, 2014

    May 8, 2014

    Alleged PLA contingency plans reportedly produced in the summer of 2013 include proposals for creating refugee camps on the Chinese side of the frontier in the event of c...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | April 30, 2014

    April 30, 2014

    Outside of PY, the NK authorities have ceased distributing regular food rations despite promises that distribution would return to normal. ...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | April 23, 2014

    April 23, 2014

    NKorean woman in China: “The biggest difference is that here they respect human rights. You can sell whatever you want and go to foreign countries and do whatever you w...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | April 16, 2014

    April 16, 2014

    NK’s finance minister reported details of NK’s budget over the last year: PY allocated 45.2% of its budget to “economic construction,” while funding for national ...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | April 10, 2014

    April 10, 2014

    NK has named a former ambassador to Switzerland, Ri Su-yong, as its new foreign minister. Ri is believed to have served as a guardian of KJU when he studied in Switzerlan...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | April 2, 2014

    April 2, 2014

    The percentage of NKoreans who are buying their own home through property brokers - as opposed to waiting for the government to assign one - is growing rapidly, causing p...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | March 26, 2014

    March 26, 2014

    An increasing number of NK factories and enterprises are leasing out parcels of farmland to private individuals to increase production....

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | March 20, 2014

    March 20, 2014

    NK authorities warned residents in border areas that market prices are “state secrets”, so any information shared with the outside world will result in harsh punishme...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | March 14, 2014

    March 14, 2014

    Import figures show that North Korea has begun to procure its fertilizer earlier than usual this year, possibly in connection to the govt’s efforts to increase agricult...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | February 26, 2014

    February 26, 2014

    “People's Unit heads are openly critical of the orders, saying that if everyone is doing something illegal, who will report it? If there was a way to make money that wa...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | December 11, 2013

    December 11, 2013

    JST was formally removed from office and expelled from the KWP during a recent KWP meeting. Unlike many other previous purges, Jang’s dismissal was very public and broa...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | December 04, 2013

    December 4, 2013

    Jang Song-taek, KJU’s powerful uncle and an established member of the regime’s inner circle, has reportedly been removed from power. ...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | November 27, 2013

    November 27, 2013

    NKorean authorities have started granting full internet access to representatives of companies visiting NK for investment meetings....

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | November 20, 2013

    November 21, 2013

    Fifteen NKoreans were captured by Chinese police last week in Kunming, southern China and it is feared they will be repatriated back to NK. ...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | November 13, 2013

    November 14, 2013

    Joongang Daily: Some 80 people were publicly executed earlier this month in seven cities in NK, excluding PY....

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | November 6, 2013

    November 6, 2013

    Wage levels for workers in some larger industrial enterprises have risen by a factor of approximately one hundred times....

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | October 30, 2013

    October 30, 2013

    Authorities are warning citizens about the unhealthiness of choco pies, the danger of foreign tourists, and leaflets being sent over from SK....

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | October 23, 2013

    October 23, 2013

    From next year the SK military will develop next-generation equipment to broadcast both radio and television across the whole of NK. ...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | October 16, 2013

    October 16, 2013

    149,500 NKoreans legally visited China from January to September, a 12.5% increase on last year. If this rate is kept up this could be the first year that China has 200,0...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | October 9, 2013

    October 9, 2013

    RFA: Despite good harvests, farmers are reportedly anxious because the authorities have failed to articulate a single clear allocation plan for this year and because of p...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | October 2, 2013

    October 2, 2013

    In efforts to improve its economy, PY has reportedly asked provincial administrators to select two cities from within their province to serve as potential “Open Cities....

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | September 25, 2013

    September 25, 2013

    Last Monday morning the KIC reopened its doors. Operations continued over the Chuseok holiday but some businesses believe it will take several months before production le...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | September 11, 2013

    September 11, 2013

    After marathon negotiations, NK and SK have agreed to reopen the KIC. The agreement was reached 136 days after SK workers were initially forced to leave the complex....

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | September 4, 2013

    September 4, 2013

    SK has promised 8.4 million USD in aid to NK. 6.3 million USD will be used to help finance the WHO’s efforts to improve medical services to children in NK....

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | August 28, 2013

    August 28, 2013

    ROK MOFA plans to launch a 5-person task force to deal with issues related to NK refugees who are en route to SK. ...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | August 21, 2013

    August 22, 2013

    COI Chairman Kirby: "After today's evidence, if (NK) seriously expects the international community to disbelieve the existence of such institutions, then they have to rea...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | August 14, 2013

    August 14, 2013

    NK and SK reached a five point agreement on reopening the Kaesong Industrial Complex after a seventh round of talks....

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | August 07, 2013

    August 8, 2013

    Chinese authorities in NKorean border areas have installed miles of barbed-wire fencing along a stretch the Tumen river, dramatically reducing the number of defectors. Wo...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | July 31, 2013

    July 31, 2013

    The ROKG has approved 7.3 million USD in aid to NK. 6.04 million USD of the aid will come via the ROKG and will be allocated towards a project to help NKorean infants, wh...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | July 24, 2013

    July 24, 2013

    80% of Anju city in South Pyongan Province is reported to be now under water due to the monsoon rains hitting the Korean peninsula....

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | July 17, 2013

    July 18, 2013

    Six people have died and hundreds left homeless after flooding due to heavy rainfall on the Korean peninsula, which also caused deaths in SK. ...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | July 10, 2013

    July 10, 2013

    A high-ranking NKorean military official who defected last year has spoken about an internal struggle for military influence between National Defense Committee Vice Chair...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | July 3, 2013

    July 3, 2013

    KREI reports that NK’s imports of Chinese grain in the first five months of 2013 fell by 14.2% compared to last year, possibly indicating improving harvests....

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | June 26, 2013

    June 25, 2013

    The BBC World Service’s plans to establish broadcasts for the NKorean people have been hit by a 2.2m GBP annual budget cut. ...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | June 19, 2013

    June 19, 2013

    ROK MOFA pledges to increase diplomatic efforts and cooperation to ensure the safety of NK defectors. Meanwhile, KCNA criticised the Blue House for bringing 18 defectors ...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | June 12, 2013

    June 12, 2013

    NK’s crackdown on attempted defections and illegal border crossers has swelled the prison population since KJU came to power. ...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | June 5, 2013

    June 5, 2013

    RI Ki Song, NKorean economist: "Last year, we studied reasonable economic management methods in different fields of economic work, and introduced it to some units on a tr...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | May 29, 2013

    May 29, 2013

    SKorean media reported that nine young NKorean refugees who had been detained in Laos have been forcibly taken to Pyongyang via China. In the group were two girls aged (i...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | May 22, 2013

    May 22, 2013

    Rice-planting season means that the entire population has been mobilized to work on the farms, including children. Official market hours are also restricted. ...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | May 15, 2013

    May 15, 2013

    MOU: The number of NKorean defectors that have arrived in SK this year (up to early May) is 556, leading to a prediction that around 1200 will arrive this year - a 20% de...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | May 8, 2013

    May 8, 2013

    “All the workers who used to be in Kaesong have been dispatched to factories, enterprises and cooperative farms in the North Hwanghae Province region."...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | May 1, 2013

    May 1, 2013

    A Daily NK source reports that the decision to close the Kaesong Industrial Complex originated from Kim Jong-il....

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | April 24, 2013

    April 24, 2013

    NK’s National Defense Commission demanded an end to sanctions, a complete withdrawal of “all nuclear war measures deployed in SK and neighboring regions”, and an ap...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | April 17, 2013

    April 17, 2013

    Authorities are stepping up crackdowns on the viewing foreign media, reportedly in response to an increase in the use of USB sticks to view dramas on Chinese-made DVD pla...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | April 10, 2013

    April 10, 2013

    NKorean workers are not turning up to work in the Kaesong Industrial Complex....

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | April 3, 2013

    April 3, 2013

    NK authorities have banned entry of SKorean workers into the Kaesong Industrial Complex. 858 South Korean workers, and 7 other foreigners remain onsite and are allowed to...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | Mar 27, 2013

    March 27, 2013

    The UN Human Rights Council unanimously passed a resolution establishing a Commission of Inquiry to investigate human rights violations in NK....

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | Mar 20, 2013

    March 20, 2013

    The UN HRC is expected to approve a UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) into NK’s human rights violations....

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | Mar 13, 2013

    March 13, 2013

    In an attempt to encourage redefectors, the NSA is holding lectures telling the people to convince their family members who have defected to return. ...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | Mar 6, 2013

    March 6, 2013

    Rodman goes to Pyongyang....

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | Feb 27, 2013

    February 27, 2013

    Forced market shutdowns and celebration events regarding the most recent nuclear tests are causing complaints and social tensions....

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | Feb 20, 2013

    February 20, 2013

    NK has returned to normal from a heightened state of emergency....

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | Feb 13, 2013

    February 13, 2013

    Details have been revealed about the expansion of Camp 25, including an increased parameter with additional guard posts, as well as new buildings and renovations....

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | Feb 6, 2013

    February 6, 2013

    NK authorities are reportedly limiting movements of people and goods during the current state of heightened military mobilization, and cracking down on unlicensed traders...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | Jan 30, 2013

    January 30, 2013

    NK turned up the level of fierceness of its rhetoric, to the chagrin of everyone, including China. ...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | Jan 23, 2013

    January 23, 2013

    New satellite imagery shows the addition of a new area next to Camp 14 which bears striking similarity to other known prison camps....

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | Jan 9, 2013

    January 9, 2013

    German economists and lawyers are advising the NK regime on ways to open up to western investors, including by improving their investment laws....

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | Jan 2, 2013

    January 2, 2013

    1,508 NKorean refugees arrived in SK in 2012, a 44.3% decrease on the number of arrivals in 2011 (2,706)....

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | Dec 26, 2012

    December 26, 2012

    SK will maintain analog TV broadcasting into NK so residents on the other side of the DMZ can continue to watch SKorean broadcasts....

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | Dec 19, 2012

    December 19, 2012

    Park Geun-hye, the conservative candidate, won an absolute majority to become the next president of SK....

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | Dec 12, 2012

    December 12, 2012

    The NK regime seemingly has put a satellite in space, with a bit of help from Iran....

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | Dec 5, 2012

    December 5, 2012

    NK announced it would launch a rocket around the anniversary of KJI's death. ...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | Nov 28, 2012

    November 28, 2012

    KJU seems concerned about internal security, emphasizing the need to root out "dissidents". ...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | Nov 21, 2012

    November 21, 2012

    There are now over 1.5 million subscribers to NK's official Koryolink mobile phone network, representing steady growth along 2011 trends. ...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | November 14, 2012

    November 14, 2012

    The role of NK’s Cabinet in designing and running economic policies is reported by the Choson Sinbo to be increasing. ...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | November 7, 2012

    November 7, 2012

    The WPK Central Committee met in order to establish a State Physical Culture and Sports Guidance Commission, to be chaired by Jang Song-taek...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | October 31, 2012

    October 31, 2012

    Around 1,440 NKorean refugees are expected to arrive in SK this year. It will be the first time since 2005 that fewer than 2,000 NKorean refugees have arrived in SK....

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | October 24, 2012

    October 24, 2012

    Reports of changes in regime personnel as well as the abolition of the notorious Rooms 38 and 39. ...

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | October 17, 2012

    October 17, 2012

    NKorean sources report that none of the experimental farms will be given 30% of their production because the 6.28 Policy has been put on hold until next year....

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | October 10, 2012

    October 10, 2012

    KJU instructs the NSA to combat the infiltration of information into the country....

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | October 3, 2012

    October 3, 2012

    Camp 22, a political prison camp in Hoiryeong, was reportedly shut down after the defection of the warden....

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | September 26, 2012

    September 26, 2012

    SPA ends with no news of economic reforms....

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  • NK NEWS BRIEF | September 19, 2012

    September 19, 2012

    NK refugee numbers showing signs of rebounding after intense crackdowns on both sides of the border earlier this year....

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