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  1. 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

    [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…..

  2. 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”

    [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.”…..

  3. [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

    [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….

  4. 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

    [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….

  5. 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

    [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…

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. [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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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)

  19. 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”

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. A woman, ostensibly a peddler, humping a huge khaki backpack. It is mostly women who engage in such informal business in North Korea. (Sinuiju Station, North Pyongan Province. November. 2012.) ASIAPRESS

    Peddlers Carrying the Future of North Korea on Their Backs

  25. Some textbooks sold by the roadside street-vendor: "Secret of the mind", "Exercise book (Q&A) on cerebral thrombosis", "Some ideas for teaching singing and dancing", and "Economic contracts" can be seen in this picture. (Taken in a northern border town of North Korea.) ASIAPRESS

    Secondhand Bookstalls Still Active in North Korea

  26. The North Korean state TV airs the call for citizens to participate in voting for the Supreme People's Assembly election on 9th March, urging people "We all participate in the election for the deputy of the Supreme People's Assembly, and consolidate our revolutionary sovereignty". (A screen grab from KCTV)

    Polling Stations Under 24 Hour Surveillance As The Station’s Notice Boards Vandalised

  27. Jang's execution by firing squad was carried out immediately after the tribunal. (PHOTO: Rodong Sinmun;13/Dec/2013)

    Arrest, Displacement and Suicide – The Purge of Jang’s Affiliated Cadres Continues

  28. A coil of the dried "artificial meat" known asinjokogi. For the preparation of cooking, it should be steeped in water for about half an hour at least until it soaks up enough water and becomes soft. Our North Korean reporter Kim Dong-cheol smuggled it out to China in 2011.ASIAPRESS

    “Artificial Meat” – A Vital Source of Protein For the People

  29. Mickey Mouse and Minnie on the stage at the Moranbong band show. The band is composed of young women. It is said the band was newly formed under the considerable prodding of Kim Jong-un. Among the songs to garner applause from the Dear Comrade, were some American songs performed by mini-skirt clad singers. (June.2012 PHOTO: KCNA)

    Is Mickey Mouse Becoming Popular in North Korea?

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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

New Report

  1. [Video Report] N.Korea Regulation Officer at Market
  2. <Inside North Korea> Alert for Drone! Ammunition Distributed to Shoot Down!
  3. Kim Jong-nam: Image of Nice Guy Created by Media
  4. <Inside North Korea> Interview with Two North Koreans: Shock and Horror on Assassination of Kim Jong-nam
  5. <Inside N. Korea> The Chinese-North Korean Border is under Strict Control
  6. [Video Report] North Korean Kids on the Battle of Life
  7. [Video Report] People under pressure for requisition of military provision (REFERENCE PHOTO) An old farming woman picks up the rumps from the ears of dried corn in a post-harvest field, to ease her family's food condition. (In a village near the city of Sariwon, North Hwanghae Province. September. 2008. Taken by Shim Ui-chun)  ASIAPRESS
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