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March 21, 2019
Kim Jong Un returns to Pyongyang following the second U.S.-North Korea summit in Hanoi

Post-summit public lectures honor Kim Jong Un’s overseas achievements

The North Korean authorities are promoting the achievements of leader Kim Jong Un following his return after 10 days of travel outside the country,...

Photo shows sign-off required to prove suitability for military service in North Korea

Amid rising rates of desertion and health issues among members of its armed forces, new recruits for North Korea’s military require signed documents from...
Kim Jong Un visits a shipyard in Chongjin, North Korea in July 2018

North Korea’s fishing industry gets boost from private investment

The number of de facto private enterprises thriving in North Korea’s nascent market economy continues to grow, with Chongjin fishing businesses emerging as one...

Former soldier promoted after “courageous” act–miners unimpressed

A young former soldier at North Korea’s largest zinc mine, the Kumdok Mining Complex, received high honors for his efforts to fix the mine...
Factory in North Pyongan Province, North Korea

North Korea rolls back popular workplace exemption program

In some parts of North Korea, the government appears to be rolling back a popular employment exemption scheme allowing workers to conduct business outside...
Kim Jong Un leaves a polling location after voting in the 2014 Supreme People's Assembly elections.

North Korean government collects cash from residents for polling places ahead of elections

Ahead of Sunday’s elections to North Korea’s rubber-stamp parliament, government officials have demanded monetary contributions from the country’s residents in order to prepare the...
Kim Jong Un returns to Pyongyang following the second U.S.-North Korea summit in Hanoi

North Koreans express disappointment over lack of summit agreement

The Rodong Sinmun and other North Korean news outlets are not reporting that the second US-DPRK summit ended without an agreement. However, reports from...
A farmer in North Hamgyong Province, North Korea uses oxen to work the land.

North Korea struggles to contain foot-and-mouth disease outbreak

In the wake of the South Korean government's battle to prevent the spread of foot-and-mouth disease following an outbreak in three farmhouses in the...
Solar panels on a building in North Kore

Solar panel in North Korea use rises as hopes dim for government solution to...

Due to chronic electricity shortages, solar power use in North Korea is rising, while the quality of technology available is improving. North Koreans are...
A North Korean border guard in North Pyongan Province (taken in February 2019).

North Korean authorities surprised by defections during politically sensitive period

Despite heightened efforts to tighten control in the absence of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un due to the second US-North Korean summit in...

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