[2014/Nov/07] In early October, 12 ranking officials of the KWP were allegedly executed in Pyongyang – “The reason for the executions are said to have been down to ‘neglect on the job’ during projects assigned by Kim Jong-un. Additionally, the condemned were further accused of forming a secret organization.”…..
[2014/Oct/28] Apotheosis of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il to justify power succession – In North Korea, since the beginning of Kim Jong-un regime at the end of 2011, the state has embarked on a nationwide campaign for the idolization of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il….
[2014/Oct/14] The North Korean government recently renewed the 5,000 won bill, the highest denomination in the country, with circulation beginning on August 1st. An announcement was put out for citizens….
[2014/Sep/30] It has been confirmed that, as of September 2014, the North Korean state has extended the term of compulsory military service. Until now the term of service was set at 10 years for males and 6 years for females…
[2014/Jul/29] “Starved Generation” reach age of military enlistment – The North Korean military is currently struggling to meet their enlistment targets due to difficulties in recruiting new recruits …
[2014/Jul/09] The majority of all houses are state property, belonging to the social collective unit. As such, selling, renting, and collecting any kind of financial reward on such properties is forbidden. However, in recent years, the state is no longer able to supply houses to fill the people’s demands.
[2014/Jun/12] Border security controls are being tightened on both sides of the river. On the Chinese side, the installation of a wire fence was completed several years ago.
“Now, China is more cautious about drugs being trafficked from North Korea than defections,”
an ethnic Korean man in Chinese Changbai Prefecture explained, regarding the recent increase of drug smuggling in the area.
＜PHOTO REPORT＞Sino – N.Korea Border ［PART1］Things Still Tense in Border River Area After Purge of Jang Song-taek
[2014/Jun/10] The North Korea Reporting Team travelled to the Sino – North Korea border zone, along the Amrok-gang (Yalu River), in the middle of May. Photos taken during the trip show things are still tense in the area, with border controls tightened, following the purge of Jang Song-taek. The Team also carried out reporting in this area in April.
[2014/Jun/01] Kwanliso is an extralegal shadowy facility – Public concern regarding the condition of human rights in North Korea has been increasing since the United Nation’s Commission of…
[2014/May/16] An attempt was made to blow up the statue of Kim Jong-suk. It was reported that this failed attempt occurred last week in the city of Hoeryong, North Hamkyung Province…
[2014/May/11] Participation in public marches is used to gauge citizens’ loyalty to the leadership – To many foreigners, North Korea evokes images of never-ending military parades – countless lines of soldiers goose-stepping ardently in Pyongyang’s Kim Il-sung Square, displaying absolute loyalty to their leader Kim Jong-un. However, often overlooked….
[2014/May/06] The North Korean public markets sell a variety of meats: pork, chicken, rabbit, mutton, turkey, dog and duck. Pork in particular, packed with vital fat and protein, which the majority of North Korean people chronically lack, is is highly favored as a cheap and nutritious food. The following pictures, documenting how pork is prepared, sold and circulated…..
[2014/Apr/29] The launching of the 12 years compulsory education system seems like a step in the right direction, but it has left parents in some regions of North Korea far from pleased. The North Korean state implemented a new educational system….
Farmers Starve in N.Korea – Excessive Seizure of Rice For The Military Exacerbates The Rural Food Shortage
[2014/Apr/22] Kim Jong-un announced in his 2014 New Year Address that agriculture should be one of the most important agenda for the country….
“This year we should keep up agriculture as a major thrust of our effort in the struggle for economic construction and improving the people’s standard of living, and concentrate all our efforts …
＜PHOTO REPORT＞Sino – N.Korea Border: ［PART3］Tensions High In The Border City As A Special Team is Dispatched For Crackdowns
[2014/Apr/20] At the beginning of this year, a special team was dispatched from Pyongyang, tasked to suppress the smuggling and defections carrying on in the area. Currently, Hyesan is under tight security control. Surveillance on local residents will continue at least until the Day of The Sun (the birthday of the late leader Kim Il-sung, the most important celebration day in North Korea).
[2014/Apr/19] Hyesan is a northern border city of North Korea, and the capital of Ryanggang Province. In this part of North Korea the temperature can drop to -30C (= -22F) in midwinter. Across the Amrok-gang (Yalu River), opposite Hyesan, sits China’s Changbai Korean Autonomous County of Jilin Province. Approaching the end of the March, parts of the usually thick ice covering …