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  1. Rimjin-gang – Editor’s Notes on N.Korean Reporters

    ASIAPRESS North Korea reporting team is in charge of nurturing North Korean journalists. In towns along the Sino-North Korea border, the team gives step-by-step training in both journalistic principles and camera skills….

  2. N.Korean Reporter, LEE Jun story

    Many North Korean refugees live in hiding in the C…

  3. A female gleaner stands in a corn field after harvest. (October, 2008. Photo by Rimjin-gang reporter Shim Ui-chun)  (C) ASIAPRESS

    Why is there a Food Shortage Crisis in the Breadbasket Region of Hwanghae? (PART3)

    [2012/May/11] Let us continue the analysis of the causes of the food shortage in Hwanghae from last time. The reason people are starving to death in….

  4. Farmers in a corn field. They are in the middle of planting beans in between the corn. When asked by the reporter if food for this year's rations had been collected yet, they responded that even if they wanted to give something, there were no crops to give yet. (June, 2010. Photo by Rimjin-gang reporter Kim Dong-cheol) (C) ASIAPRESS

    Why is there a Food Shortage Crisis in the Breadbasket Region of Hwanghae? (PART2)

    [2012/May/10] There are multiple causes of the current food shortage crisis in North Korea’s only breadbasket region. Of particular importance is the crisis in the farming villages.

  5. The geographic location of the North and South Hwanghae Provinces is shown above. They are among the farthest provinces from the Chinese border. Sariwon and Haeju are the respective provincial capitals of North and South Hwanghae.

    Why is there a Food Shortage Crisis in the Breadbasket Region of Hwanghae? (PART1)

    [2012/May/07] Farmers are starving to death: an interview with a local resident Now, in southwestern North Korea, residents of the Hwanghae region are having great difficulties obtaining food….

  6. A typical meal: corn is supplemented with vegetables in a miso dressing (right) and salt (left). (March, 2011, Hyaesan, Ryanggang Province, by Choi Gyon-ok)

    Discontent Over Special Rations and Criticism Towards Wasted Expenditures on the Launch

  7. A group of young soldiers who are going to be transferred to the rear-echelon because of malnourishment. Some skinny soldiers stagger and can hardly walk. The troop commander told them to stay behind the wall so as not to be seen by the public. (Taken by Gu Gwang-ho, July, 2011. South Pyongan Province) ASIAPRESS

    〈Photo Report 5〉 Malnutrition Rampant Among The People’s Army

  8. An old man was stopped by soldiers. He got raked over for his shabby-looking clothes. The soldier's armband reads "inspection". (Taken by Gu Gwang-ho) (C) ASIAPRESS

    〈Photo Report 4〉Inspection At The Metro Station Entrance – “No Shabby Cloths, No Large Luggage!”

  9. A young couple dressed up in a wedding costume drove right up to the park in a black Mercedes to take their wedding picture. They seemed to be children of privileged or high-ranking officials. (Taesong District, Pyongyang. June, 2011. Taken by Gu Gwang-ho (C)ASIAPRESS

    〈Photo Report 3〉Widening Gaps – The Privileged Enjoy a Luxurious Life And the Homeless Suffer Harsh Days

  10. Women street vendors sitting in a line, selling goods in the area between apartment buildings. It is illegal to do this and the local authorities often made crackdowns and forcibly confiscated all goods and charged fines. But since the people's backlash was provoked, the team just patrols around and disperses them but confiscation measures are not taken these days. (Moranbong District, Pyongyang. June, 2011. Taken by Gu Gwang-ho) (C)ASIAPRESS

    〈Photo Report -2〉Unauthorized Street Vendors (Pyongyang)

  11. The entrance of the Moran market. The gate opens at three o'clock in the afternoon. Large bags that people carry seemed filled with the goods they sell.(Taken by Gu Gwang-ho) (C) ASIAPRESS

    〈Photo Report -1〉Public Market – The Moran Market (Pyongyang)

  12. The outskirts of Hyesan, Ryanggang Province in northern North Korea. The river Amrok-gang (called Yalu in Chinese) that forms the border between Changbai Korean Autonomous County in Jilin Province of China and North Korea is pictured. Both sides used to be very active with trade activities. However, customs have remained closed since the 19th, after Kim Jong-il's death. Photo taken from the Chinese side of the river. (July, 2010. Photo by Lee Jin-su)  (C) ASIAPRESS

    Cold Response from Residents to Chairman Kim Jong-il’s Death ? Steep Jump in Food Prices

  13. Rice displayed in the market. Chinese rice can be found here, but people prefer domestic rice and corn which is rather expensive. (Taken by Kim Dong-cheol. January 2011, suburb of Pyongyang) (C)ASIAPRESS

    Exemplary-contributors Praised At The Public Notice-board

  14. Bags filled with food on the bicycles of tegori merchants. Sometime a bicycle piles up more than 80 kilograms (=176 lb) of food or goods. (March, 2011. North Pyongan Province; Taken by Kim Dong-cheol) (C)ASIAPRESS

    The Government Launches Massive Campaign of Seizing Rice For The Military

  15. A young cadet tells Kim about food conditions of his troop in Kim's secret video interview. (March 2011, North Pyongan Province, by Kim Dong-cheol.) (C)ASIAPRESS

    The Testimony of a Starving Soldier: “Half of us are malnourished”

  16. A homeless man aged 50 in a coal-mining town in North Pyongan Province. He lost both job and home a year ago. He earns a living by collecting pieces of coal on the streets and selling them. There is no one in my country who talks to homeless people. After I spoke with him in friendly manner, he started to cry. (Taken by Kim dong-cheol. February 2011, North Pyongan Province) (C) ASIAPRESS

    “Unemployment” Increases While The State Growls Socialism

  17. Homeless Kotchebi girls hang around the market all day begging for food. (January. 2011. North Pyongan Province, by Kim Dong-cheol. (January. 2011. North Pyongan Province, by KimDong-cheol) (C)ASIAPRESS

    N.Korea Food Shortage: Not a matter of absolute shortage, a matter of distribution and access – 2

  18. N.Korea Food Shortage: Not a matter of absolute shortage, a matter of distribution and access -1

  19. Rimjin-gang - Periodic Survey - Latest Price List (2011/June 8 – 14)

  20. Hyperinflation and Worsening Food Supplies to The Troops

  21. A 23 year-old homeless woman found dead

  22. PHOTO by Kim Dong-cheol(2010/Jan)

    Official Decree – Redenomination – Currency Exchange

  23. The emaciated young soldier squatting here is collecting pieces of stolen corn from a cooperative farm. (September 2008, by Chang Jeong-gil)

    Chang Jeong-gil on Pyongyang’s Kangdong County

  24. Rimjin-gang – N.Korean reporter, LEE Jun Story – ASIAPRESS

  25. N.Korea : Starving 23 year-old Homeless Woman (Rimjin-gang/ASIAPRESS)


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. <Inside N.Korea> Installation of Electric Fence at Border Makes Defection and Smuggling Impossible
  2. <Photo Report on N.Korea> China Controls North Korean Economy (1) Hard To Survive If China Places Sanctions on DPRK
  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.”
  5. <Inside N.Korea> Russian Oil at Market in N.Korea
  6. [Video Report] Kim Jong-nam assassinated. What do N.Koreans think about it?
  7. <Inside N.Korea> Defense Drill For Cruise Missile Attack: Soldiers Suffer From Malnutrition, Tuberculosis and Chaos