North Korean staff singing during a show. They live together in a nearby apartment. Taken by ASIA PRESS in Yanji City, Jilin Province, China on July 2013.

Kim Jong-un’s Furious Response to the Defection of 13 Restaurant staff

On April 8, the South Korean Ministry of Unification announced that 13 North Koreans, a manager and 12 employees of a North Korean restaurant, had defected from the DPRK and requested asylum in South Korea. There have been number of group defections of by sea or overland from North Korea. Mostly those groups were composed of their families. It is rare to see mass defections when the group is comprised of unrelated individuals…

Tumen River is flowing on the border between Hoeryong City of North Korea and China: the incident occurred in this area. Taken on August 2015 from Chinese side by ISHIMARU JIRO (ASIAPRESS)

<Inside North Korea>Execution of Border Guard Officer Accused of Overlooking Defectors

Border vigilance keeps going to prevent smuggling and defecting. Border guards are being checked before their rotation. Taken on August 2004 at Chinese side of upper Tumen river. (ASIAPRESS)

<Inside North Korea>NK discloses arrests: “Blasting group to assassinate their top.” Maybe an intrigue!

(Inside picture) Veterans of Korean War are taking pictures in front of the portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il. Taken by team Mindulle in August 2013 (ASIA PRESS)

Elderly party members excluded from DPRK Party Conference… Increased surveillance of the population

Labor camp detainees packed in a truck are heading for the work site in the early morning. Taken by Shim Ui-cheon at east Haeju city of South Hwanghae province in September 2008 (ASIAPRESS)

Rising discontent as control reinforced to prepare the 7th Workers Party Conference in May… Forced labor to the runaways from their work places and coerced savings to banks…

A bottle of domestic "penicillin", made at the Suncheon medical factory. ASIAPRESS

Embezzled UN Aid Circulates in North Korean Underground – End to Free Healthcare, Illegal Abortions Widespread

[2015/Jun/15] The “Free healthcare system ” is ostensibly one of the founding tenants of the North Korean state system. However, in reality, free healthcare long ago disappeared due largely to economic hardships and now exists only in the state propaganda slogans….

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Kim Jong-un’s Starving Soldiers – “Just a spoonful of oil for me…” A soldier pleads for grace

A high-rise building to be more than 20 storeys high, currently under construction. The location and size of the windows are inconsistent, and distorted. (Aug/2011/Taken by Gu Gwang-ho)

〈Photo Report- 6 (a)〉 The Government’s Command is for a “Strong and Prosperous Nation” — but Workers Tired Out at Pyongyang Construction Sites to Build 100,000 Apartments

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  2. A bottle of domestic "penicillin", made at the Suncheon medical factory. ASIAPRESS
  3. A political assembly held by a KWP regional branch that took place a half year before the purge of Jang Song-thaek. The ranking officials discussed and addressed the people's allegiance and dedications to Kim Jong-un. (Summer/2013/ASIAPRESS)
  4. This picture is taken from raw video footage captured in Sosong District, Pyongyang in the summer of 2006. Female students are assembled near the Three Revolution Exhibition museum to practice for a military parade in honor of Kim Jong-il's birthday. Each student is wearing a white shoulder-cloth inscribed with a consecutive number. (Lee Jun / Pyongyang / August 2006) ASIAPRESS
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  6. A high-rise building to be more than 20 storeys high, currently under construction. The location and size of the windows are inconsistent, and distorted. (Aug/2011/Taken by Gu Gwang-ho)

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  1. North Korean staff singing during a show. They live together in a nearby apartment. Taken by ASIA PRESS in Yanji City, Jilin Province, China on July 2013.
  2. (Inside picture) Veterans of Korean War are taking pictures in front of the portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il. Taken by team Mindulle in August 2013 (ASIA PRESS)
  3. Labor camp detainees packed in a truck are heading for the work site in the early morning. Taken by Shim Ui-cheon at east Haeju city of South Hwanghae province in September 2008 (ASIAPRESS)

Economy

  1. (Reference Photo) Female street vendors at the front of Shinuiju station. It seems that the ordinary people are inevitably feeling an effect of sanction such as inflation. November 2012 by ASIAPRESS
  2. Women are gleaning coals dropped off from a train. South Pyongan province on March 2013 ASIAPRESS
  3. The rice shown in the above picture is imported from China. When asked about the cost, the vendors reply in Chinese currency. (Taken by Asia Press on October 2013)

Military

  1. Tumen River is flowing on the border between Hoeryong City of North Korea and China: the incident occurred in this area. Taken on August 2015 from Chinese side by ISHIMARU JIRO (ASIAPRESS)
  2. Border vigilance keeps going to prevent smuggling and defecting. Border guards are being checked before their rotation. Taken on August 2004 at Chinese side of upper Tumen river. (ASIAPRESS)
  3. (Reference Photo1) The provincial cities are continuously experiencing the disruption of power and running water. Complaining voices are getting louder as the living conditions are deteriorating. Filmed at Pyongsung City of South Pyongan Province in March 2013. (Asia Press)

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  1. People who were mobilized for river improvement are gleaning stones. Taken by ASIA PRESS at a local city of northern area on June 2013
  2. Some better-off people perform their tasks by hiring someone for the mobilized labor on behalf of them. It seems that the man in the picture was hired for replacing blocks of sidewalk. Seosung District in Pyongyang on August 2011. Taken by Koo Gwang-ho/ ASIAPRESS
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North Korean staff singing during a show. They live together in a nearby apartment. Taken by ASIA PRESS in Yanji City, Jilin Province, China on July 2013.
  1. Tumen River is flowing on the border between Hoeryong City of North Korea and China: the incident occurred in this area. Taken on August 2015 from Chinese side by ISHIMARU JIRO (ASIAPRESS)
  2. Border vigilance keeps going to prevent smuggling and defecting. Border guards are being checked before their rotation. Taken on August 2004 at Chinese side of upper Tumen river. (ASIAPRESS)
  3. (Inside picture) Veterans of Korean War are taking pictures in front of the portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il. Taken by team Mindulle in August 2013 (ASIA PRESS)
  4. Labor camp detainees packed in a truck are heading for the work site in the early morning. Taken by Shim Ui-cheon at east Haeju city of South Hwanghae province in September 2008 (ASIAPRESS)
  5. Ri Sol-ju with Kim Jong-un at a spot inspection. It seems that the black handbag gives bad impression to North Korean people. (Quoted from Rodong Shinmun, a government newspaper)
  6. (Reference Photo) Female street vendors at the front of Shinuiju station. It seems that the ordinary people are inevitably feeling an effect of sanction such as inflation. November 2012 by ASIAPRESS
  7. Women are gleaning coals dropped off from a train. South Pyongan province on March 2013 ASIAPRESS
  8. People who were mobilized for river improvement are gleaning stones. Taken by ASIA PRESS at a local city of northern area on June 2013
  9. Some better-off people perform their tasks by hiring someone for the mobilized labor on behalf of them. It seems that the man in the picture was hired for replacing blocks of sidewalk. Seosung District in Pyongyang on August 2011. Taken by Koo Gwang-ho/ ASIAPRESS
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