2015/December/11 Edit by PAEK Chang-ryong, defector reporter, Rimjin-gang<This article first appeared in the Korean and Japanese edition of Rimjin-gang on September 2015> Musan mine located in North Hamkyung Province is the largest mine in...
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….
[2015/Oct/04] It goes without saying that the North Korean national railway is run by the state. However, it has been one of the few enterprises that has continued to operate under the DPRK’s socialist leadership. Most of ….
[2015/Sep/22] The North Korean military is supported by paramilitary “Civil Defense”. These consist of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards, the Instruction Corps and the Young Red Guards. Collectively, they are estimated to comprise of 3.5 million personnel….
[2015/Sep/10] Military tensions between the two Koreas are once again easing since August 25, when the North officially expressed regret over the explosion of a mine in the Demilitarized Zone. In an interesting twist, however, the North Korean government is claiming it was South Korea that issued the apology….
[2015/Jul/20] In urban areas of North Korea, it has become common to see people using mobile phones. These devices are used not only as simple communication devices but also as multi-media players….
Embezzled UN Aid Circulates in N.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….
[2015/Jun/08] During the winter, North Koreans are faced with the challenge of how to find water for their domestic use. This is the biggest concern for North Korean citizens who refer to this problem as the ‘Water hardship’….
[2015/May/28] At a garment factory in Saebyol-County, North Hamkyung Province in the northern part of North Korea, there has been an incident where female workers refused to come to work en masse….
[2015/Apr/06] Since last autumn, the nationwide power supply in North Korea has been in dire straits. It seems, however, that things are getting better, according to Rimjin-gang’s undercover North Korean reporter, Peak Hyan….
[2015/Mar/17] Each New Year ordinary North Koreans are faced with the daunting prospect of getting through two events widely known as tedious and unavoidable. The first of these is Kim Jong-un’s New Year’s address….
[2015/Mar/10] It is reported that, since this summer [summer 2014], there have been series of purges of Party cadres and military ranking officials. A phone interview with a trader from Pyongyang who has recently traveled to a Sino-North Korean border town offers more detailed information about the ongoing purges and crackdowns in North Korea. The interview was made on 25 November, 2014….
[2015/Feb/28] On 25 November, 2014 we conducted a phone interview with a trader from Pyongyang who had recently traveled to a Sino-North Korean border town. He describes the current living conditions of people in North Korea….
[2015/Jan/14] At the end of July, the local exchange rate for Chinese 100RMB was 120,000 NK won. In the same period, the price of 1 kg of rice was around 6,000 NK won. This means that 1 gram of eoleum would be worth 20kg of rice….
[2015/Jan/12] The rapid spread of stimulant drugs in North Korea is becoming a serious social problem in the reclusive state. The problem has reached the point where even police officers and members of the state security department are involved in both the dealing and use of illegal narcotics….
[2014/Nov/26] As of this spring, the price of white rice that previously sat at 4,000 – 5,000 North Korean won per 1kg, shot up nationally to 6,000 won, in July. This led to concern among ordinary citizens, only abating when the price started to stabilize around 6,000 won just before the autumn harvest season…..