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

    [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 ….

  2. 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?

    [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….

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

    [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….

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

    [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….

  5. 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

    [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….

  6. 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

  7. Female Workers Stage a Walkout En Masse

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. (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)

  11. 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)

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

  13. (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)

  14. (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)

  15. 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

  16. 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”

  17. [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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. [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

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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

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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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  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.”
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