Category: Politics

The re-construction of Samjiyon is being pushe…

The re-construction of Samjiyon is being pushed forward at a rapid pace. Since Kim Jong Un first visited the town in early July, over 100 buildings have gone up. In all, over 400 new structures will be constructed including factories, museums, recreational buildings, housing, and hotels.

Kim Jong Un raised arms with Moon Jae-In at th…

Kim Jong Un raised arms with Moon Jae-In at the peak of Mount Paektu. The mountain is considered sacred by Koreans and is considered the birthplace of Korea in the country’s mythology.

A dancing party in the Central Youth Hall was …

A dancing party in the Central Youth Hall was put on in Pyongyang to mark Youth Day. Similar parties were held in provincial capitals throughout North Korea as well as art performances and sports competitions.

Chinese-North Korean joint ventures in constru…

With the recent restoration of DPRK-China relations, North Korea’s Rason special economic zone (SEZ) is being transformed into a city of modern skyscrapers, according to an April 13 report by Radio Free Asia.

China-North Korea bilateral joint ventures had been stalled for a while due to the sanctions being imposed by China and the international community. Slowly, however, there are signs that these joint ventures are being revitalized, at least in the Rason Economic and Trade Zone.

In Rason, there is a high demand for apartment buildings. North Korean trading companies are providing the sites, with the Chinese investors supplying the funds for such construction.

“The latest models of high-rise apartment have recently started to change the skyline in Rason. The joint ventures had slowed down last year as the China-North Korean relations became strained. However, the joint venture constructions were resumed recently and many buildings are now about to be completed,” an informed source from North Hamkyong province told Radio Free Asia.

High-rise apartments started to appear in Rason last year, but their construction slowed down when the Chinese government stepped up its enforcement of sanctions against North Korea. Consequently, most ongoing constructions had come to a halt, and the industry had paused to catch its breath.

At present, most of those apartments in the Rason special economic zone that are already completed or about to be completed are over twenty-stories high. North Korean trading companies often provide the construction sites and workers, while their Chinese partners are responsible for supplying construction materials and design of the buildings. The profits raised from the sales are shared between the two.

Because many high-ranking government and party officials and the new rich North Koreans known as “donju” are buying up these expensive apartments in Rason, the supply can hardly catch up with the demand. Depending on its location, direction, and the floor it is on, an apartment unit is sold at a price ranging from $30,000 to $50,000. Nevertheless, they are in short supply.

Although for the average North Koreans, these buildings are so expensive that they can hardly dream of owning one, they are often sold out even before their completion. Consequently, the trading companies are allegedly pocketing huge sums of foreign currency.

– The Institute for Far Eastern Studies

Kim Jong Un took his first selfie with Singapo…

Kim Jong Un took his first selfie with Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan as he toured Singapore’s tourist attractions the night before his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.

“Lets firmly gather under the common banner of…

“Lets firmly gather under the common banner of the Korean race and build a unified powerhouse that will prosper!”

Recently, North Korean media has been emphasizing cooperation with the South and has repeatedly called on it to faithfully implement the latest Panmunjom Declaration which is also known as the April 27 Declaration in the North.

The Koam-Tapchon Marine Railway Bridge was rec…

The Koam-Tapchon Marine Railway Bridge was recently completed in Kangwon Province. A large-scale fishing zone is currently being constructed in this area and the completion of the railway bridge will allow its construction to rapidly progress.

A statue depicting Kim Il Sung giving his addr…

A statue depicting Kim Il Sung giving his address marking the end of the Japanese occupation of the Korean peninsula in the Pyongyang Metro. Pyongyang’s subway system is being quietly expanded west of the Hyoksin Line with at least three new stations already completed past Kwangbok station.

Automated production line for shrimp cracker…

Automated production line for shrimp crackers at the Kumkop General Foodstuff Factory for Sportspersons. This product was rumored to be created due to the popularity of South Korean-brand Nongshim shrimp crackers, which are available in black markets throughout North Korea.

Kim Jong Un crossed the DMZ to greet South Kor…

Kim Jong Un crossed the DMZ to greet South Korean President Moon Jae-in. He then invited Moon to cross briefly North with him before returning to the Southern side. The two will hold a one day summit where they will discuss issues related to inter-Korean relations.