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  1. 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

    [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….

  2. (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)

    [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….

  3. 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)

    [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….

  4. N.Korea – The subway train in Pyongyang refuses the passengers with shabby clothes and luggage

    https://youtu.be/bDilS-CkjDM◎ASIAPRESS rimjing…

  5. (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)

    [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….

  6. (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)

  7. 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

  8. 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”

  9. [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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. [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

  18. 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

  19. A pig tied to the back of a bicycle. This man appeared to be taking the pig to the city to sell and earn some money. This kind of trading business is called "Taegori" in North Korea.(2010. South Pyongan Province. Taken by Kim Dong-cheol.)ASIAPRESS

    Highly Favored, But Hard to Procure, Pork a Rare Treat in N.Korea

  20. A public board filled with slogans praising the implementation, by the Kim Jong-un administration, of a new system of twelve-year compulsory education. (August 2013. Photo capture from the video footage filmed in a northern city of North Korea)  ASIAPRESS

    Truancy Increases In Northern Regions As Schools Demand More Money From Parents

  21. A North Korean propaganda poster issued in 2010 trumpets the state agricultural improvements with the slogan "Increase farming production!" through "The policy for the seed revolution, double-cropping, the potato farming revolution and soybean planting".

    Farmers Starve in N.Korea – Excessive Seizure of Rice For The Military Exacerbates The Rural Food Shortage

  22. A Trading truck crossing the border bridge to enter North Korea. ASIAPRESS

    <PHOTO REPORT>Sino – N.Korea Border: [PART3]Tensions High In The Border City As A Special Team is Dispatched For Crackdowns

  23. Wiyeon-dong of Hyesan City, viewed from Changbai, China. The five-floor apartment on the right is newly built, and the slogan hanging from the balcony reads "Happiness of the Leader", "Happiness of the Sun", and "Happiness of the General", which legitimize the three-generation power succession as happiness for the country and people. (Taken from Chinese side of the river. Changbai, Jilin. 21/March/2014)ASIAPRESS

    <PHOTO REPORT>Sino – N.Korea Border: [PART2]A Sign of Late Spring In the Border Town of Hyesan

  24. A wire fence in the upstream area of the Amrok-gang (Yalu River), installed by the Chinese border authorities. It has been installed to prevent smuggling and defection.ASIAPRESS

    <PHOTO REPORT>Sino – N.Korea Border [PART1]Wire Fence Installed Upstream on the Amrok-gang (Yalu River)

  25. Two university students in the standard white shirt and red tie. Pinned to their chest a red badge of the North Korean leaders and the school seal. (Photo taken in a regional city in North Korea. June, 2013) ASIAPRESS

    University Students Are Bored With Formal Uniforms – Women Wearing Shorter Skirts As A Sign of “Rebellion”

  26. A picture issued by the North Korean state-run media as the scene of the arrest of former Vice Chairman of National Defense Commission, Jang Song-thaek at the Korean Workers' Party Politburo expanded meeting on Dec.2013. The series of purges related to Jang continues unabated. (A screen grab from North Korean state-run KCTV)

    Possible Further Executions Related to Jang Song-taek Carried Out

  27. A female porter pulls a handcart loaded with overflowing sacks. (In front of Hyesan Railway Station. Hyesan, Ryanggang Province. October, 2013) ASIAPRESS

    The Handcart Porter Is Now an Indispensable Business

  28. He-Ping Railway, Nanpingzhen: trains to North Korea set off from this point. The mountains in the background of the photo are in North Korea. (August, 2013)ASIAPRESS

    The Changing Face of the Tuman-gang (Tumen River) – PART 2

  29. One of many construction sites of the high-speed railway connecting central Jilin to Hunchun. (Photo taken in Tumen, Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture, Jilin Province, China) ASIAPRESS

    The Changing Face of the Tuman-gang (Tumen River) – PART 1

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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

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