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  1. Mobilized people in the northern region of North Korea for river maintenance. Complaining voices of worsening living condition are getting louder from the local cities. Taken on June 2013 by Asia Press

    <Interview with a N.Korean> How do the N.Korea people think about four years of Kim Jong-un’s ruling? Acid evaluation calling him “a kid”

    -How do the people outside of Pyongyang evaluate Kim Jong-un’s rule since the sudden death of his father, Kim Jong-il fo…

  2. Continuous Shipwrecks of N.Korean Fishing Boats Involving Inexperienced Soldier-fishermen

    Presumed North Korean fishing boats are found wrecked along the Japanese seashore. Our investigation reveals that the shipwrecks are frequently happening as the inexperienced soldiers have been forced to work in the fishing boats. The reporting partner in North Korea told us on December

  3. Stopped trackless trolley. Slogan, "I love my mother country the most!" on the trolley. (Pyongsong city, South Pyongan Province: September 2013. Taken by our Team "Mindeulle") ASIAPRESS

    <Interview with N.Koreans> “Is it any better in Kim Jong-un Era? Not at all! Preferential treatment is given to the Party officials by sacrificing the needs of the residents in the regions outside of Pyongyang!”

    2015/December/13 Edit by KANG Ji-won, defector rep…

  4. Musan mine was used to be called as the largest open-pit iron ole mining in Asia. Kim Il-sung has expressed this North Korea's largest mine as "Musan mine is the eldest son of our country". (Photo taken in August.2013 from Chinese side of the border) ASIAPRESS

    Musan Mine – Embezzlement of Wagon Fuel Widespread

    2015/December/11 Edit by PAEK Chang-ryong, defecto…

  5. A picture of the Sinuiju city, North Korea's northern border town facing China. The left is the day-time and the right is the scene of the night. The picture was taken from the same position in China. Sinuiju has a prioritized power supply status, but lights could be seen sparsely in the night. (August/2015. Taken by ISHIMARU Jiro) ASIAPRESS

    The Power Supply Deteriorating In N.Korea – Prioritized Coal Export Possibly Decreased The Power Station Operating Rate

    [2015/Nov/11] It is not something new to hear that North Korea has been always suffering from chronic electric power shortages. However, since last November, the power condition has been getting steadily worse nation wide….

  6. N.Korean Railway Workers Earn Through Bribes and Side-jobs As Monthly Wages Drop Below 20cents

  7. A member of the "Worker-Peasant Red Guards" stands in front of the entrance to a state run enterprise. (Taken by Kim Dong-cheol, South Pyongan Province, October 2010.) . ASIAPRESS

    Civil Force Anti-Aircraft Troops Reorganized – Wariness Over China?

  8. “All-Clear Given Following ”South Apology’ ” – N.Korean State Announces

  9. N.Korea IT Report – PART2: Diffusion of South Korean Content Through Mobile phones

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

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

  11. A woman returns home after fetching water from the village's public well. 2015, January. North Korean central region. (Team Mindeulle ASIAPRESS)

    [PHOTO REPORT] Winter, people strive to overcome the water crisis by drinking river water

  12. Female Workers Stage a Walkout En Masse

  13. The frozen border river, Arok-gang (Yalu River). The factory complex on the opposite side of Hyesan river appears not to be operating, as there is no smoke emerging from the chimney. (Photo taken from the Chinese side of the border. March.2014) ASIAPRESS

    Power Supply Recovery and Improved Potato Crop – A brief sigh of relief for N.Koreans

  14. A group of women mobilized for compost collection on a bitterly cold winter's day. (Taken by Kim Dong-cheol, in the middle region of North Korea. Mid-January. 2015) ASIAPRESS

    Annual Compost Collection Mobilization Frustrates Population

  15. (REFERENCE PHOTO) Chinese residents in Pyongyang are concentrated in the Taesong District. This photo is taken at the entrance of the Ragwon Subway station in the Taesong District. (Taken by Gu Gwang-ho, Jun. 2011) ASIAPRESS

    Interview with a Trader from Pyongyang (PART2)

  16. People queue in front of the state-run shop for special rations on the occasion of a national holiday. (Taken by Sim Ui-chu. South Hwanghae Province. September 2008)ASIAPRESS

    Interview with a Trader from Pyongyang (PART1)

  17. (REFERENCE PHOTO) A wire fence all along the Amrok-gang (Yalu River), a border river between North Korea and China. The Chinese authorities have installed the fence to prevent defections and drug smuggling from North Korea. (March/2014-China)ASIAPRESS

    N.Korean Drug Trade Spreads to Ordinary Citizens (PART2)

  18. (REFERENCE PHOTO) Chinise authorities have been frustrated with drug smuggling from North Korea. A small placard produced by Chinese security, posted at a shop in Changbai, Sino - North Korea border town. It reads, "Refuse drugs. Join the crackdowns". (May/2014- Changbai/China) ASIAPRESS

    N.Korean Drug Trade Spreads to Ordinary Citizens (PART1)

  19. A list of prices of products in the marketplace, as compiled by our North Korean reporting partner. (As of 25/September/2014.) ASIAPRESS

    Price of Rice in N.Korea Soars as Rural Dwellers Prepare for Winter

  20. 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)

    Possible Firing Squad Executions Punish Violators of “Kim Jong-un’s Instructions”

  21. [2005] Chongjin railway station, North Hamkyung Province. The picture was taken in June 2005. Only Kim Il-sung's portrait can be seen. Alongside the portrait, the slogan reads "Long live the Great Leader Comrade Kim Jong-il!" "Long live the glorious Korean Workers' Party!" (June/2005 North Hamkyung Province) ASIAPRESS

    Kim Il-sung Portraits replaced by “Kim Il-sung – Kim Jong-il” Duo

  22. One side of the new 5,000 won bill. Kim Il-sung's image is nowhere to be seen.  ASIAPRESS

    Kim Il-sung’s Image Gone from New N.Korean 5,000 won Bill

  23. Soldiers of units posted at the West-South Front facing South Korea. Careful observation of the young soldiers in the picture confirms that most appear frail. (Source. Rodong Sinmun. Aug/2012)

    Korean People’s Army Extends 10 Year Service Term To 11 Years

  24. On the occasion of the 2006 ballistic missile launch, the North Korean government announced 'a state of pre-wartime', and called for the enlistment of volunteer soldiers. The photo above shows newly enlisted soldiers marching to the applause of local people in Chongjin. (Taken by undercover reporter LEE Jun. 2006. Chongjin, North Hamkyung Province)  ASIAPRESS

    Falling Birth Rate and Draft Dodging Erode N.Korean Military

  25. Densely packed houses in a neighborhood in Hyesan, Ryanggang Province. This photo was taken from the Chinese side of the Amrok-gang (Yalu River). [May. 2014]  ASIAPRESS

    Growing Illegal Housing Market in N.Korea

  26. A small placard produced by Chinese security, posted at a shop in Changbai. It reads, "Refuse drugs. Join the drug crackdowns" (May/2014) ASIAPRESS

    <PHOTO REPORT>Sino – N.Korea Border [PART2]China Frustrated With Drug Smuggling From N.Korea

  27. In Hyesan, it looked as if the wire fence was going to be installed along the levee. The building that resembles a white wall is a wooden barrier for monitoring the movement of residents approaching the river. Armed border guards check the identification of local people moving back and forth washing clothes in the river. (Hyegang-dong) ASIAPRESS

    <PHOTO REPORT>Sino – N.Korea Border [PART1]Things Still Tense in Border River Area After Purge of Jang Song-taek

  28. The session of the UN Human Rights Investigation Committee held at the UN headquarters in New York. (April 2014. Photo taken by ISHIMARU Jiro)  ASIAPRESS

    “Punishment by Law, or Eliminated by Commandment”: Two Types of Political Prisoner in N.Korea

  29. [REFERENCE PHOTO] Hoeryong city is located in the country's northeast region of North Hamkyung Province, North Korea. The river flowing from the left is the Tuman-gang (Tume River) which divides North Korea from China. (June 2010. Taken from Chinese side) ASIAPRESS

    Attempted Bombing of Kim Jong-suk Statue in Hoeryong

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<Latest Report on N.Korea>Another year of emaciated soldiers in N.Korea; Young Soldiers suffering with Malnutrition (Four Photos) <Inside N.Korea> Farmers on collective farms starving to death [Video Report] North Koreans Forced To Provide Labor <Inside N.Korea> Installation of Electric Fence at Border Makes Defection and Smuggling Impossible <Photo Report on N.Korea> China Controls North Korean Economy (1) Hard To Survive If China Places Sanctions on DPRK [Video Report] ‘Doegurikun’ the urban poor who delivers grains from farms to market Chongjin, North Hamkyung Province. September, 2013  ASIAPRESS N.Korea Market Survey Reveals Basic Food Price Hike PHOTO1 N.Korea IT Report – PART1: Kids Master Emoticons and Movies with Mobile phones

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  1. <Interview With a N.Korean Woman> Nobody Trust Government! (3 Photos)
  2. <Inside North Korea> Serious Damage To Homes Caused By Nuclear Test: Houses Damaged and Buildings Collapse
  3. <Latest Report on N.Korea>People Trapped Behind Barbed Wire (4 Photos)
  4. <Latest Report on N.Korea>Another year of emaciated soldiers in N.Korea; Young Soldiers suffering with Malnutrition (Four Photos)
  5. <Inside N.Korea> Farmers on collective farms starving to death
  6. [Video Report] North Koreans Forced To Provide Labor
  7. <Inside N.Korea> Installation of Electric Fence at Border Makes Defection and Smuggling Impossible
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