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Global Trade Is Recovering From the Pandemic. North Korea’s Economy Isn’t.
April 12, 2021

Global Trade Is Recovering From the Pandemic. North Korea’s Economy Isn’t.

By Troy Stangarone
With its borders still locked down, North Korea isn’t benefiting from China’s return to growth. That’s unlikely to change anytime soon.

North Korea Says It Won’t Participate in Tokyo Olympics
April 06, 2021

North Korea Says It Won’t Participate in Tokyo Olympics

By Kim Tong-Hyung
Pyongyang cited concerns over COVID-19 for its decision. Its absence from the Games further dims hope of a diplomatic breakthrough.
What Is the Truth About COVID-19 in North Korea?
January 06, 2021

What Is the Truth About COVID-19 in North Korea?

By Mitch Shin
North Korea insists there have been no coronavirus cases in the country. So why does it keep tightening restrictions, despite the heavy cost?

Mired in Crises, North Korea’s Kim to Open Big Party Meeting
December 29, 2020

Mired in Crises, North Korea’s Kim to Open Big Party Meeting

By Hyung-Jin Kim and Kim Tong-Hyung
Kim Jong Un is grappling with the toughest challenges of his nine-year rule as he prepares to host the ruling Workers’ Party congress in January.

North Korea Takes Offense at Seoul Foreign Minister’s COVID-19 Remarks
December 09, 2020

North Korea Takes Offense at Seoul Foreign Minister’s COVID-19 Remarks

By Mitch Shin
North Korea continues to be hypersensitive about its handling of the pandemic.

North Korea Cracks Down on Local Markets, Overseas Defectors
November 11, 2020

North Korea Cracks Down on Local Markets, Overseas Defectors

By Gabriela Bernal
As COVID-19 continues to hamstring the economy, North Koreans grow increasingly desperate – and the government moves to keep everything under tight control.

North Korea’s No-Mask Military Parade Angers South Korea
October 13, 2020

North Korea’s No-Mask Military Parade Angers South Korea

By Tae-jun Kang
Apparently North Korea’s commitment to fighting COVID-19 – which saw a South Korean official killed in early October – has its limits.
North Korea Lifts Kaesong Lockdown, Rejects Foreign Aid
August 15, 2020

North Korea Lifts Kaesong Lockdown, Rejects Foreign Aid

By Associated Press
North Korea still hasn’t confirmed a single COVID case, but remains on alert, refusing to accept foreign aid due to fears of infection.

North Korea Steps up Its War on COVID-19
August 06, 2020

North Korea Steps up Its War on COVID-19

By Gabriela Bernal
As North Korea doubles down on COVID-19 containment measures, local sources report several outbreaks.

North Korea Locks Down Kaesong Over Suspected COVID-19 Case
July 28, 2020

North Korea Locks Down Kaesong Over Suspected COVID-19 Case

By Associated Press
If confirmed, it would be the country’s first official case – and Pyongyang is already gearing up to blame Seoul.

North Korean Citizens Desperately Need the China Border to Reopen
July 15, 2020

North Korean Citizens Desperately Need the China Border to Reopen

By Gabriela Bernal
Amid the COVID-induced shutdown of the border, hunger, homelessness, and business closures are all on the rise.
The North Korean Economy Under Sanctions and COVID-19
May 28, 2020

The North Korean Economy Under Sanctions and COVID-19

By 38 North / Bradley O. Babson
Amid stalled diplomacy and a global pandemic, North Korea is signalling major adjustments in its economic policies and management practices.

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