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  1. The North Korean calendar of 2014 does not mark Kim Jong-un's birthday, 8 January, as a national holiday. It is left blank, thus marking it as an ordinary day.

    Kim Jong-un’s Birthday Not Marked on the 2014 Calendar

    [2013/Dec/30] On the 2014 calendar, which features prominent North Korean screen actors, the date of Kim Jong-un’s birthday is left blank. This means the North Korean state does not recognize this day as a national holiday….

  2. This article in Rodong Sinmun, the official mouth organ of KWP, impeaches the "crimes of Jang Song-thaek and his gangs". Jang was sentenced to death by firing squad at the special military tribunal of the DPRK Ministry of State Security on 12th December. His execution was carried out immediately after this tribunal. (PHOTO: Rodong Sinmun;13/Dec/2013 )

    “Jang Song-taek Was Human Scum” – Massive Campaign by the N.Korean Authorities

    [2013/Dec/25] Since the purge of Jang Song-taek, former vice chairman of the National Defense Commission, North Korean state authorities have been continuing…

  3. Jang Song-thaek sentenced to the death penalty at the special military tribunal of the DPRK Ministry of State Security on 12th December. (Dec/2013 - PHOTO:Rodong Sinmun)

    “Execution Was Not Right” – People’s Reaction on the Purge of Jang Song-taek

    [2013/Dec/17] The sudden purge of the vice chairman of the National Defense Commission, Jang Song-taek casts a long shadow of fear and uncertainty over the people…

  4. The national meeting of police station chiefs held in Pyongyang on 23 November. Kim Jong-un(Center) and Jang Song-thaek(Rightmost).It is said that the execution of police officers took place after this meeting.(Nov/2013 - PHOTO:KCNA)

    The Execution of Police Officers in November, Pyongyang – Possibly a Proactive Step towards the Purge of Jang Song-taek

    [2013/Dec/13] The purge of Jang Song-taek has ended with his execution by firing squad. ASIAPRESS North Korea Reporting team received information by our …

  5. A group of malnourished and emaciated soldiers. They are engineering troops who move at the rear. Units engaged in construction are often undernourished. (South Pyongan Province in July, 2011,Photo by Gu Gwang-ho) (C)ASIAPRESS

    Rimjin-gang – Digital Archives

    PDF Report – PDF download – IT and cellphone situation in DPRK – Starving People’s Army Soldiers

  6. The enlarged meeting of the Central Committee Politburo of the Korean Workers' Party held in Pyongyang, December 8. The North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) announced that vice chairman of the National Defense Committee, Jang Song-thaek was arrested at the this meeting. (Image captured from KCNA website)

    The Purge of Jang Song-taek – “Self-Criticism” Campaign Launched

  7. (Reference Photo) North Korea's border town, Hyoeryong, North Hamkyung Province. The river flowing from left to right is the Tuman-gang(Tumen River). Chinese carrier mobile phones function in the border area and allow us to receive information. (Photo was taken from the Chinese side. June/2010) ASIAPRESS

    Rumors of Jang Song-taek’s “fall” already spread in N.Korea

  8. In front of the Sinuiju railway station people carrying large bags into the station are being stopped and searched by the officers of the Public Order Maintenance Corps (질서유지대), on the lookout for illicit materials being distributed within the country. Sinuiju City, North Pyongan Provice. ( November 2012, Taken by Rimjin-gang's reporting partner in North Korea) ASIAPRESS

    The Firing Squad Executions of N.Korean Entertainers – N.Korean State’s Crackdown on “Political Videos” (PART2)

  9. Portable video players called "Note Tel" allow the viewer to play a movie by inserting a USB stick. This player is now widely used throughout North Korea. The North Korean authorities are on the lookout for the rapid spread of this kind of device that is seen as a more convenient means to watch smuggled South Korean programs. (June 2013, Taken by Rimjin-gang's reporting partner in North Korea) ASIAPRESS

    The Firing Squad Executions of N.Korean Entertainers – N.Korean State’s Crackdown on “Political Videos” (PART1)

  10. A pamphlet is titled "Concerning the thorough destruction of the enemy's plot to spread heterogeneous lifestyle". This is a studying reference distributed for party members and workers, published by the Korean Workers' Party Publishing. On page 5, the words by "Dear Leader Comrade Kim Jong-il" are quoted. "Currently, our enemies are persistently deploying malicious psychological conspiracies aiming to tear us apart from inside, and continuously smuggle in impure recording materials which contain decadent South Korean and American movies". Page 7 points more precisely that 'impure video CDs" are smuggled in on a massive scale, and calls for a 'struggle' to fight against these acts saying "those who smuggle, sell, secretly watch and circulate, shall be instantly smashed without any mercy, and we shall never allow these activities to emerge again". (The pamphlet was obtained in 2005 by our North Korean reporter Lee Jun.) ASIAPRESS

    The Spread of “Impure Recordings” Lead to Executions in Hyesan and Chongjin City

  11. A signboard put up in Changbai County, in a town on the Chinese border upstream on the Amrok-gang(Yalu River). The signboard says "We must crack down firmly on trading of poison (drugs) and smuggling". Changbai County is across the river from Hyesan City, Ryanggang Province/North Korea, and is one of the most busy areas for smuggling. (1999 Jilin Province/China - Photo by ISHIMARU Jiro) ASIAPRESS

    Stimulant Drugs Take Root in the Daily Lives of the N.Korean People (PART5)

  12. There are signboards here and there in the border area between China and North Korea, saying, "There will be tough crackdowns on drug smuggling". (May 2011, Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture/China) ASIAPRESS

    Stimulant Drugs Take Root in the Daily Lives of the N.Korean People (PART4)

  13. Ryanggang Province, busy with people. This is the "Hyesan Market" in Hyesan City. (November 2012 Taken by Rimjin-gang's reporting partner in North Korea) ASIAPRESS

    Stimulant Drugs Take Root in the Daily Lives of the N.Korean People (PART3)

  14. Musan County in the North Hamkyung Province, a border city with a population of more than 100-thousand, seen from the Chinese side. The river running from left to right is the Tuman-gang(Tumen) River. Chinese carrier mobile phones can be used in almost all parts of the county, making this a major base for outflow of information on North Korea by residents. (July 2012)  ASIAPRESS

    Stimulant Drugs Take Root in the Daily Lives of the N.Korean People (PART2)

  15. Official announcement posted on the streets in North Korea. The title is "Illegal Dealers of Diazepam and other Sedatives and Sleep-Inducing Drugs Will Be Strictly Punished". Diazepam is a sleep-inducing drug, but under North Korean drug law, it is designated a "psychologically stimulating substance that is addictive". Abuse leading to addiction seems to have become a problem. (August 2010, North Pyongan Province. Photo by Kim Dong-cheol) ASIAPRESS

    Stimulant Drugs Take Root in the Daily Lives of the N.Korean People (PART1)

  16. The cover page of a membership card/book of the Korean Workers' Party. (August. 1997. Taken by ISHIMARU Jiro) ASIAPRESS

    Korean Workers’ Party Imposes Tough Measures to Maintain Discipline

  17. In North Korea, the portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il are hung in every household, worksite and public place. This photo was taken in the living room of an ordinary family. Adding to the portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il, Kim Jong-suk (Kim Jong-Il's mother) is also hung high on the wall. (April. 2007. Taken by Lee Jun)  ASIAPRESS

    N.Korean State Demands Unconditional Loyalty To Kim Jong-un

  18. [Reference photo] Troubles and quarrels between police officers and citizens are daily affairs in North Korea. As long as the issue is not related to political crimes, many people are now not hesitating to voice their discontent to police officers. In this photo, a woman (center) protests loudly against the police officer (left) for his crackdown on people in the street. (June. 2010. North Pyongan Province. A captured image from the video footage taken by Kim Dong-cheol)

    Revision of Task and Treatment for Police Officers Launched – The State Increases Its Control Over People

  19. United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the DPRK

  20. The crimson colored cover of the Ten Great Principles. It was published in 2013 (Juche Year 102) by the Korean Workers' Party Publishing House. (Courtesy: Free North Korea Radio)

    Program for the Legitimization of Kim Jong-un Regime

  21. An old woman and her ten-year-old grandson, who live in the mountains to avoid being thrown into Kotchebi detention camps. They say the boy's mother went to sell her wares, and never came back.(June 2011, suburbs of Pyongyang City by Gu Gwang-ho) ASIAPRESS

    Living in Pyongyang – The Real Story (3) Pyongyang City Shrinking

  22. The authorities are zealous about cracking down on street side vendors. This photo shows a local municipality officer (left) driving street sellers away. In the central part of the city, they usually crack down on vendors on the main streets or near publicly-run markets, but during events that attract large numbers of foreign visitors safety officers (police) are called in to make sure no buying or selling is allowed at all even on the back streets.( June 2011, Moranbong District, By GU Gwang-ho) ASIAPRESS

    Living in Pyongyang – The Real Story (2) Losing the Struggle to Survive Leads to Suicides and Homeless People

  23. The busy Moran market in the central part of the city. This is a publicly-run market, supervised by the authorities. ( June 2011, Moranbong District, By GU Gwang-ho) ASIAPRESS

    Living in Pyongyang – The Real Story (1) Capital City that Is Always “Prepared and Ready”

  24. A booth of "Taedong-gang beer". (Sep.2011/Gu Gwang-ho)

    〈Photo Report- 8 (b) 〉 The Best Department Store in Pyongyang – But the Products on the Shelves are Not for Sale (2)

  25. The five-storey Pyongyang Department Store No.1 was built in the first half of the 1980's. (Sep.2011/Gu Gwang-ho)

    〈Photo Report- 8 (a) 〉 The Best Department Store in Pyongyang – But the Products on the Shelves are Not for Sale (1)

  26. 〈Photo Report – 7〉 Traffic Policewomen Relentlessly Pursue Bicycle Riders to Keep the Capital Tidy

  27. 〈Photo Report- 6 (b)〉 “Strong and Prosperous Nation” – The State Project to Build 100,000 Apartments in Pyongyang for the 100th Aanniversary of The Birth of Kim Il-sung

  28. 〈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

  29. Rimjin-gang Report – Pyongyang Construction Sites to Build 100,000 Apartments (2011) 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

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  1. [Video Report] Residents diligently picking up coal ~Earning five times more than monthly wage in just a day~
  2. <Photo Report> The Abandoned Elderly (PART6) Elderly Women Have to Continue Working: Junk Removal and Recycling, as well as Selling Vegetables.
  3. <Photo Report> Abandoned Elderly (PART5) The elderly Treated Useless in North Korea, the Land of Courtesy toward the Elderly
  4. <Photo Report> Female Soldiers are in Miserable Conditions: Mothers are worried about their daughters getting sexually harassed and becoming malnourished.
  5. <Photo Report> Abandoned Elderly (PART4) Collapsed Social Welfare System Has Left the Elderly on the Streets.
  6. <Photo Report> Kim Jong-un Spread Enemy’s Culture: Mickey Mouse and All-Female Band Wearing Miniskirts
  7. <Photo Report> Cultures of ‘Enemy Nations” infiltrating into N.Korea: Mickey Mouse, Hello Kitty, and Doraemon.
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