Category: Politics

Kim Jong Un provided field guidance to the Kumsong Tractor…

Kim Jong Un provided field guidance to the Kumsong Tractor Factory which successfully produced the new Chollima-804 tractor. He personally drove one to learn in detail about its performance and technical specifications.

The second Sunday of every month is Sports Day in North Korea,…

The second Sunday of every month is Sports Day in North Korea, with the first one of the year falling on Kim Jong Un’s January 8 birthday. Group running, mass rhythmic exercises, and other colorful sports activities were held throughout the country.

The computerized control room of Huichon Power Station No. 2….

The computerized control room of Huichon Power Station No. 2. The largest damn in North Korea, it has recently established an integrated control system to manage water and organize power production in the most efficient way possible.

Kim Jong Il at the 6th Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea…

Kim Jong Il at the 6th Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea in October 1980. At the congress, Kim Il Sung designated Kim Jong Il as his successor. This move was met with criticism by many socialist states in Eastern Europe because it was considered nepotist.

Amid International Sanctions, North Korea Says Economy is Booming

North Korea’s domestic economy is booming amid international sanctions, as reported on October 11 from Pyongyang by the Choson Sinbo, a Tokyo-based pro-North Korean newspaper.

According to Tongil News, a Seoul-based cable and pay television service, one example of the booming North Korean economy is the 13th Pyongyang Autumn International Trade Fair, which took place at the Three-Revolution Exhibition House between September 25 and 28.

The pro-Pyongyang newspaper said that the annual trade fair demonstrated “local companies’ high performance in constantly expanding the scale and scope of their businesses to meet the people’s ever-increasing demand for commodities.”

At the fair, many local companies, including the Bukchonggang Trading Company, the Chongkyechon Technology and Trading Company, the Rason Ryongson Joint Venture Company, and the Songchongang Trading Company, attracted people’s attention with their new products.

The Bukchonggang Trading Company, which participated in the fair for the first time, presented a high-quality food ingredient made with the essence of sea cucumbers. The product is advertised to be good for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. It is the first North Korean company to produce a health food using sea cucumber extract.

The Chongkyechon Technology and Trading Company introduced Korean ginseng tea, ginseng powder, ginseng coffee, and various other popular ginseng products developed by the ginseng research center in Kaesong.

In particular, it was said that many visitors to the trade fair showed interest in a variety of products, especially those with functional benefits. For example, the Kyongsubong Trading Company, which is known for its research and development as well as production and sales of toothpaste, introduced more than twenty different types of toothpaste fortified with vitamins, nanosilver, aloe vera, and common bamboo. The Oil Trading Company, a manufacturer of various foodstuffs, also captured visitors’ attention with its new ‘functional’ beverage, Susosu.

In the area of cosmetics, while brand products such as ‘Bomhyanggi’ (Spring Fragrance) – produced by the Sinuiju Cosmetics Factory – and ‘Unhasu’ (the Milky Way) – produced by the Pyongyang Cosmetics Factory – had long been popular among North Korean women, the newly-introduced ‘Palsonnyo’ (Eight Heavenly Fairies) appeared a favorite at this year’s fair.

Overall, more than 250 companies from North Korea, Syria, China, Cuba, Iran, Italy, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Taiwan introduced electronic products, machinery, building materials, consumer products, foodstuffs, and other daily necessities at the trade fair. Over 20,000 people were said to have visited the Three Revolution Exhibition House every day to attend the fair.

Of note is that in recent years both the number of local North Korean companies participating in the fair and the number of their products on display have constantly increased.

As well, one noteworthy trend is that not only companies in Pyongyang but also those in provincial cities are beginning to exhibit their products at the international fair. Furthermore, as North Korean consumers’ concern for health seems to be rising, the introduction of new health products also seems to be increasing.

– The Institute for Far Eastern Studies

An evening gala of working people, students, and youth took…

An evening gala of working people, students, and youth took place in Kim Il Sung Square to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s election as general secrety of the Workers’ Party of Korea.

Newly refurbished liquid cosmetics production line of the…

Newly refurbished liquid cosmetics production line of the Sinuiju Cosmetics Factory. The factory has put its production processes on an unmanned and germ-free basis, as required by GMP. Pomhyanggi trademarked cosmetics, one of North Korea’s most popular light industry exports, are produced here.

A mass rally and march of over 100,000 thousand students,…

A mass rally and march of over 100,000 thousand students, workers, and citizens of Pyongyang was held to protest US President Trump’s speech declaring that he would “totally destroy” North Korea.

Kim Jong Un released a statement in response to the speech made…

Kim Jong Un released a statement in response to the speech made by US President Donald Trump at the UN General Assembly. In his statement, Kim Jong Un said that he will “surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire”. Google searches for “dotard” skyrocketed as a result and Merriam-Webster reported searches were “high as a kite” on its dictionary website.

Hwang Pyong-so, North Korea’s de facto number two, entering…

Hwang Pyong-so, North Korea’s de facto number two, entering South Korea flanked by two members of the Supreme Guard Command. Elite bodyguards, they regularly undergo 25-km marches in full combat gear, and must be able to hit a moving target 250m away after sprinting in a chemical weapons suit and mask.