There are increasing challenges in comprehending trends inside North Korea and what North Koreans are thinking due to the Kim Jong-un regime’s extreme measures to isolate the country following the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in January 2020.
Despite this situation, ASIAPRESS was able to hear about conditions inside the country in early June through a reporting partner in the northern region of the country. Over the course of a two-part series, ASIAPRESS will publish the audio of the interview conducted with this reporting partner.
In 2023, the Kim Jong-un regime conducted several ballistic missile test launches. In June, the country launched a military reconnaissance satellite, which ended in failure. What do North Koreans suffering under dire economic conditions think about these military provocations? ASIAPRESS conducted an interview with a reporting partner in the northern region of North Korea in early June to hear what people are thinking. (HAN Ha-yu)
※ ASIAPRESS communicates with its reporting partners through Chinese cell phones smuggled into North Korea.
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- ＜Inside N. Korea＞Police decided to use gun to combat rash of robberies…Soldiers also frequently take part in robberies, using “knives to threaten people and take away their bicycles, phones, and even their clothes”
- ＜Inside N. Korea＞ The Kim Jong-un regime prevents news of frequent suicides from spreading
- ＜Investigation Inside N. Korea＞Famine in the provinces : “Many people have died from the start of May due to starvation and disease…” (1) The state’s food supplies have hit rock bottom
- The Pyongyang Cultural Language Protection Act calls for execution of violators in a bid to eliminate South Korean style speech from the DPRK