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  1. 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

    [2014/Jun/01] Kwanliso is an extralegal shadowy facility – Public concern regarding the condition of human rights in North Korea has been increasing since the United Nation’s Commission of…

  2. [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

    [2014/May/16] An attempt was made to blow up the statue of Kim Jong-suk. It was reported that this failed attempt occurred last week in the city of Hoeryong, North Hamkyung Province…

  3. 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

    [2014/May/11] Participation in public marches is used to gauge citizens’ loyalty to the leadership – To many foreigners, North Korea evokes images of never-ending military parades – countless lines of soldiers goose-stepping ardently in Pyongyang’s Kim Il-sung Square, displaying absolute loyalty to their leader Kim Jong-un. However, often overlooked….

  4. 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

    [2014/May/06] The North Korean public markets sell a variety of meats: pork, chicken, rabbit, mutton, turkey, dog and duck. Pork in particular, packed with vital fat and protein, which the majority of North Korean people chronically lack, is is highly favored as a cheap and nutritious food. The following pictures, documenting how pork is prepared, sold and circulated…..

  5. 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

    [2014/Apr/29] The launching of the 12 years compulsory education system seems like a step in the right direction, but it has left parents in some regions of North Korea far from pleased. The North Korean state implemented a new educational system….

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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)

  10. 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”

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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 N.Korea on Their Backs

  16. 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 N.Korea

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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 N.Korea?

  21. An oxcart at the roadside. Behind the ox, the slogan reading "Forward toward the future with full of courage" can be seen. (Taken by our reporting partner in South Pyongan Province, March 2013.) ASIAPRESS

    Cows are the Property of the State – Severe Punishment For Unauthorized Slaughtering

  22. Two Women collecting coal fallen off the back of trucks. (South Pyongan Province, March 2013) ASIAPRESS

    People Struggle To Collect Firewood for Winter

  23. A homeless kotchebi boy sits near the entrance of the marketplace in Pyongsong, South Pyongan Province. He was begging for food and money. His legs were supposedly amputated by an accident. (March 2013)  ASIAPRESS

    More Kotchebi Homeless Children Under the Kim Jong-un Regime

  24. (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

    Compulsory Collection of Harvest for Military Supply – Farmers’ Discontent Growing

  25. 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 KWP Politburo expanded meeting. (PHOTO: A screen grab from KCTV.)

    N.Korean Authorities Distribute Jang Song-taek “Purge List” to Local Officials

  26. Kim Jong-un’s Starving Soldiers – “Just a spoonful of oil for me…” A soldier pleads for grace

  27. Apartment buildings in Rakrang, the south-west district of Pyongyang. In the narrow street next to the apartment people gather around to buy and sell various items. (Photo taken by Lee Jun, 2007, August) ASIAPRESS

    “Our Life in Pyongyang Is Not So Easy As You Imagine” – Even in the highest quality apartments in Pyongyang running water is irregular and unreliable

  28. (REFERENCE PHOTO) Hyesan City, Ryanggang Province lies above the Amrok-gang(Yalu River). The border town is known as a junction for smuggling and defection. The photo was taken from Chinese side in June. 2010. ASIAPRESS

    Massive “Censorship Unit” Dispatched to Border Town – Presumably To Prevent Escapes Related to the Jang Song-taek Purge

  29. The picture is a captured image from the video footage taken in the northern city of North Korea. In the marketplace, the Chinese currency 'renminbi' is used, which is illegal according to the law. Our reporting partner told that the authorities are imposing strong measures to prohibit the use of Chinese renminbi and make frequent crackdowns, especially since last December. (October. 2013) ASIAPRESS

    Heavy Restrictions Continues – People’s Discontent Pervades


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