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  1. <Interview with inside N.Korea> Ordinary N.Koreans have, “No Interest” and “No Expectations” about the Worker`s Party Congress -Only Hope Is “Opening up N.Korea”

    The 7th congress of the DPRK Worker’s Party finally ended on May 10. How do the North Korean people perceive the “histor…

  2. <Inside N.Korea> Period of Vigilance for Worker`s Party Congress Suddenly Extended

    In the afternoon of May 9, a reporting partner in northern part of North Korea reported that the special vigilance period, which was supposed to last until midnight on May 6, was extended to 10th of May. Unprecedented strict vigilance has been enforced since the opening of the Worker`s Party congress on May 6 in North Korea

  3. Delinquent Juveniles Mobilized For Forced Labor

    The Youth Union(*), an umbrella social group of DP…

  4. 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…

  5. <Inside N.Korea>Execution of Border Guard Officer Accused of Overlooking Defectors

    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)

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

  7. (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

  8. 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…

  9. <Inside Report> Bad Reputation for Kim Jong-un’s wife, Ri Sol-ju, is spreading with an image of “Chick” who loves extravagance and splendor.

  10. People believe that the sanction should hit hard on Kim Jong-un and the high ranks, but inevitably it is hitting on people’s lives as well……

  11. Women are gleaning coals dropped off from a train. South Pyongan province on March 2013 ASIAPRESS

    Price is rising up due to a cornering sign of sanctions (ISHIMARU JIRO)

  12. People who were mobilized for river improvement are gleaning stones. Taken by ASIA PRESS at a local city of northern area on June 2013

    <Photo Report> People are exploited in mobilized labor (2) Recorded women’s complaining voices; “This is all free labor,” “Everything is taken by the high ranks”

  13. 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

    <Photo Report> People are exploited in mobilized for forced labor (1) Urban view

  14. [Video Report] There is no water! N.Korean People’s ‘Water War’ because of water shortage

  15. 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)

    N.Korean People lament, “We’ll be done if Chinese enforce the sanctions”

  16. Women with uniforms, sanitary caps and ID-tags. These are proof of an authorized business merchant who has paid a market tax. For the Moran market, the market tax is 300- 500won a day. This is equal to 500grams(17.5 oz) of corn. (Taken by Gu Gwang-ho) (C) ASIAPRESS

    [Video Report] Back alley of Pyongyang: Never let foreigners go. Residents of central Pyongyang live on businesses in the market.

  17. Mobilized women to glean composts in Mid North Korea (Taken by Kim Dong-cheol/ mid January2015/ASIAPRESS)

    -30C, Bitter Coldness! How do the ordinary people in N.Korea survive the bitter cold? Enforced composts gleaning! Fire wood and coal saving emphasized!

  18. Complaints from the people are getting bigger as the supply of power and running water are worsening. A woman is going back home with buckets of water from the village pump in the midlands of North Korea on January 2015. (Taken by Mindulle, Asia Press)

    Voice of the ordinary N.Koreans: “Nuke test only brings hardship to people,” “No better life in Kim Jong-un’s era”

  19. [Video Report] Nominal Farm Mobilization: People Feel Squeezed

  20. The photo compellingly illustrates that Chang Song-taek and Kim Jong-un are equal. It seems that everyone in the theatre, including Kim Kyung-hee (Chang’s wife) and Choe Ryong-hae (one of top power men) is giving a big hand to Kim and Chang. (Quoted from the article of Rodong Shinmun reporting band concert for the celebration of Kim Il-sung’s birthday on April 15, 2013)

    Jang Song-thaek enraged Kim Jong-un: Reason of Purge found on Photos (part2) Jang Song-thaek was executed for the violation of the sole leadership system

  21. Chang Sung-taek is standing in a dignified manner beside Kim Jong-un who is visiting the training field of the mounted company under the direct control of the 534 troops. A number of videos or photos of the day showed that Kim Jong-un and Chang Sung-taek rode horses along with Chang’s wife Kim Kyung-hee or Kim’s sister Kim Yeo-jung. Chang could be viewed as a major figure in the sacred royal family through the footage showing “a day of horse riding by the royal family.” (Quoted from November 19, 2012 of Chosun Choongang Press)

    Jang Song-thaek’s Ambition Reflected on Photos (part1)

  22. Interview with a N.Korean “Nobody is Interested in the Nuke Test”, “Proud of Intimidation!”

  23. 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”

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

  25. 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!”

  26. 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

  27. Mass protest at a Collective Farm in N.Korea – Stones Thrown by Farmers at Officials

  28. Chongjin, North Hamkyung Province. September, 2013  ASIAPRESS

    N.Korea Market Survey Reveals Basic Food Price Hike

  29. 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


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 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 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” 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 The Truth Behind N.Korea’s Military Parades 〈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

New Report

  1. <Inside N.Korea> Installation of Electric Fence at Border Makes Defection and Smuggling Impossible
  2. <Photo Report on N.Korea> China Controls North Korean Economy (1) Hard To Survive If China Places Sanctions on DPRK
  3. [Video Report] ‘Doegurikun’ the urban poor who delivers grains from farms to market
  4. [Video Report] Why Do N.Korean Women Care About Looks? “I want to get attention from the guys.”
  5. <Inside N.Korea> Russian Oil at Market in N.Korea
  6. [Video Report] Kim Jong-nam assassinated. What do N.Koreans think about it?
  7. <Inside N.Korea> Defense Drill For Cruise Missile Attack: Soldiers Suffer From Malnutrition, Tuberculosis and Chaos