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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.

North Korea’s Trade With China Continues Rapid Decline
May 09, 2020

North Korea’s Trade With China Continues Rapid Decline

By Troy Stangarone
The COVID-19-induced border closure continues to wreak havoc on North Korea's trade with China.

South Korean Intelligence Reports COVID-19-Induced Panic Buying in the North
May 07, 2020

South Korean Intelligence Reports COVID-19-Induced Panic Buying in the North

By Associated Press
The National Intelligence Service told lawmakers in Seoul that the pandemic is hurting North Korea’s economy.
North Korea Gives Rare Response to Panic Buying Rumor
May 01, 2020

North Korea Gives Rare Response to Panic Buying Rumor

By Tae-jun Kang
North Korea almost never reacts to reports in foreign media. What's different this time?

Inter-Korean Relations Amid COVID-19
April 14, 2020

Inter-Korean Relations Amid COVID-19

By Magnus Lundström
The North’s stonewalling of South Korean assistance is more proof that Kim Jong Un has little interest in reconciliation.

Where In the World Are There No Coronavirus Cases?
April 03, 2020

Where In the World Are There No Coronavirus Cases?

By Catherine Putz
What should we make of the countries that have not reported cases? Are they unable to test? Are they lying? Are they that isolated? 

How COVID-19 Is Affecting North Korea’s Economy
March 31, 2020

How COVID-19 Is Affecting North Korea’s Economy

By Gabriela Bernal
If this crisis has proven anything it’s how much the North Korean economy relies on China.
North Korea’s Exports to China Collapse Amid Coronavirus
March 25, 2020

North Korea’s Exports to China Collapse Amid Coronavirus

By Troy Stangarone
Chinese data from January and February hints that the border closure is taking a serious economic toll.

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