Imprisonment of Korean American Reverend in China for Three Months

first_img Imprisonment of Korean American Reverend in China for Three Months RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SHARE Facebook Twitter Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak AvatarYang Jung A News Newscenter_img North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China News News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest [imText1]It was recently revealed that an American citizen of Korean origin had been arrested by the Chinese police and imprisoned for three months. Radio Free Asia reported that Rev. John Yoon (age 68), who has been protecting and assisting North Korean defectors in the areas of Qingdao, Beijing and Yanji, got arrested on May 9 by the Chinese police and had been imprisoned in the Yenji city prison. Rev. Yoon’s wife explained the reason for this sudden notice to the public as “because he (Rev. Yoon) was not officially under indictment, we were worried that it would have a negative influence for him if we let the media report on him, so we have been watching silently. Because he will be officially indicted on August 24, we have decided to report it to human rights organizations and media.” “The consulate in Shenyang made an opportunity so our son visited him. He said (Rev. Yoon) is keeping up, but is having a difficult time,” said Mrs. Yoon. It has been known that Rev. Yoon have not stopped evangelization activities in the prison, and has been praying for forced deportation back to the US. Grace Yoon, Rev. Yoon’s last daughter, said, “what father mainly did was to secure lodgings for defectors, and to be mostly responsible for their living. Because the danger of arrest is so great when defectors work outside, father gave them work to do inside home in order to protect them more safely.” Rev. Yoon have sold in South Korea and US crosses and other handmade goods made by North Koreans, and supported the living of the defectors with the earnings and donations. In 1997, Rev. Yoon went into Najin-Sunbong Area (another one of the special areas) in North Korea and managed a noodle factory for one year in order to feed hungry North Korean brethren. Ms. Grace Yoon added, “For father’s release we have requested help, and reported to the US State Department, the House of Representatives and the aides. We also requested assistance from South Korean and American human rights organizations and soon we will hold signature seeking campaigns in South Korea.”Bae Je Hyun, board member of the Citizen’s Coalition for Human Rights of Abductees and North Korean Refugees, who had been discussing about the problem of Rev. Yoon and assistance of North Korean defectors issue said, “We have requested to hold special prayer sessions to South Korean and American church leaders (for Rev. Yoon) and we are going to officially plead to the government of China.” By Yang Jung A – 2005.08.23 3:19pm last_img read more

“The Government Must Protect Personal Security of Choi Sung Yong”

first_img Analysis & Opinion AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center “The Government Must Protect Personal Security of Choi Sung Yong” SHARE Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Analysis & Opinioncenter_img Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion [imText1]The voice is raising urging for the government protection for Choi Sung Ryong, president of the Family Assembly Abducted to North Korea, who had recently been warned of terror attack from North Korea.President Choi have been warmed of terror attacks a number of times before from the government intelligence group, but the recent warning was a very serious one unlike the ones before. The Network for North Korean Democracy and Human Rights (NKnet, President Han Ki Hong) gave a statement, urging for adequate and active governemt involvement to stop the threat of terror attack from the North Korean government.Nknet stated, “The worrisome situation of now is inevitable for Mr. Choi Sung Ryong is exposed to utmost threat of terrorist attack, and the possibility of realization such a threat is now higher ever.” Followingly, it added, “We will never silence about Kim Jong Il regime’s coward action of responding to the Family Assembly Abducted to North Korea and the organization’s president Choi Sung Ryong’s voicing out of “send all the abductees back to home” with terror attacks.” South Korean domestic newpapers all included comlumns urging for the active government involvement. The South Korean Government, Admitting its IncapabilityChosun Ilbo, the nation’s most read newspaper criticized on October 4, “The government must send a firm warnin to the North Korean government. If the government tells President Choi Sung Ryong to “be careful” while it cannot tell the North Korean government a word, it would be admitting that it is incapable of protecting its own citizens.” DongA Ilbo, one of the nation’s leading newspapers criticized the North Korean government on the same day by saying, “When South Korea offered to raise amount of aid in multiple fold of that of the international society in unconditional base, the North is even denying the rescue activities of the international organizations. In the midst of such a situation, there is no way that North Korea will seriously respond to the demands for the return of the abductees to North Korea and POWs.”In addition, “The National Intelligence Service avoids reponsibility saying “Mr. Choi must be under the police protection” which the police say “we have never been ordered of his personal protection” and is avoiding to take any responsibiltiy. This is very irresponsible attitude toward protecting its own citizens as though it is none of their business.” Kukmin Ilbo and Segye Ilbo each said in their coloumns, reported, “North Korea must participate in the humanitarian activities instead of persuing fraud and stobborness,” and “while the government cannot even realize return of the abductees, it must not try to restrict president Choi’s activities using threat of his personal security as a tool.” Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? By Daily NK – 2005.10.05 10:22pm Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke”last_img read more

China in Bind Due to SK Efforts

first_img By Tang Hwa Kwee – 2011.10.13 2:26pm Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest SHARE News Facebook Twitter AvatarTang Hwa Kwee Newscenter_img News China in Bind Due to SK Efforts [imText1]Of 35 defectors arrested in China last month, reports suggest that 15 are set to be repatriated to the North. Conversely, word is that the fate of the remaining 20 is still hanging in the balance thanks to the efforts of the South Korean government.Speaking at a symposium on violations of human rights resulting from the forced repatriation of defectors at the National Assembly yesterday, Secretary-General of The Commission to Help North Korea Refugees (CNKR) Song Bu Geun asserted that the Chinese government is currently torn between whether to send the remaining 20 back to the North or accede to the South’s request for them to be released into Seoul’s custody.Song explained that the remaining defectors are currently being held at a detention center in Yanji awaiting their fate. Meanwhile, the South Korean government has entered into talks with its Chinese counterpart on the case, and these efforts are, he believes, “slowly pushing the Chinese authorities to budge.”However, regardless of the outcome of this case, Peter Chung of the Association of North Korean Human Rights Organizations said that too little is being done overall, saying, “On average, four out of ten defectors are caught and forcibly repatriated back to the North and nobody knows what eventually happens to them. Incidents like this are happening every day and we need to think about whether the South Korean government can step in more effectively to resolve the issue.”Discussants at the symposium yesterday included Chairman Kim Tae Hun of the National Human Rights Commission of Korea, Professor Park Seung Jun from University of Incheon, as well as Professor Shin Sang Jin from Kwangwoon University. The general consensus was one of inadequate action on both the Chinese and South Korean governments’ part. Professor Park pointed out that for many years, South Korea has been active in assisting United Nations peacekeeping missions in various parts of the world. And yet, when it has come to the issue of the forced repatriation of North Korean defectors, the government has chosen to remain largely silent.“I think the main reason for this is that the government does not see it as a very important issue, particularly when it is a problem that will lead to further difficult entanglements in Sino-South Korean as well as in inter-Korean relations,” he explained, adding however, “This does not mean we should turn a blind eye to it. NGOs should work more closely with the international community to find a viable solution.” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

Why People Starve in a Bread Basket

first_imgAnalysis & Opinion Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? Facebook Twitter Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center Analysis & Opinion In recent days, both Daily NK and Japanese group ASIAPRESS have reported cases of starvation in the region of North Korea with the most productive agricultural land, North and South Hwanghae Province. The news has caused a great deal of surprise.To North Korean defectors, it is clear that the civilian starvation is a direct result of the decision to prioritize the military under the military-first policy and the subsequent obligation on the part of cooperative farms to provide rice for soldiers, coupled to controls covering trading activities by farm employees.34-year old Lee Mi Kyung, who defected in 2011 from South Hwanghae Province, explained to Daily NK, “If everything grown did not go to military rice stores, then nobody would die. When I was in North Korea, because everything went for military rice there was nothing to eat in the farming season so we couldn’t work properly.”“When autumn harvest time comes, soldiers guard the threshing shed and take all the grain that comes through it,” she went on. “If that proves not to be enough, then they also take privately farmed cereals into state stores in the name of military stocks” Indeed, rather than protecting the interests of farmers, management committees responsible for overseeing agricultural activities actually order active cooperation with the Chosun People’s Army, she added..In addition, there is the problem of finding access to multiple sources of food. Unlike urban families, both man and woman in a farming couple have to work the land, meaning that if autumn distribution and the harvest from private market gardens do not go well, there is no other way to obtain food.According to defector Cha Young Ho (50), this is clearly a rural problem. He said, “People in the cities can trade, so there haven’t been many starvation deaths since the end of the March of Tribulation. But since last summer it started getting so bad that people have been collapsing in the fields for lack of food.”In the midst of this situation, meanwhile, both Rodong Shinmun, the publication of the Chosun Workers’ Party, and international media outlets based in Pyongyang have been publishing pictures of active and seemingly successful rice planting going on in the region surrounding the North Korean capital.On the 22nd, Rodong Shinmun even published a story announcing that “Managers and workers from Haeju City organs, factories and enterprises are working with fiery passion to support farming activities, aiming to bring about a decisive change and solve the people’s food problems.” Analysis & Opinion Why People Starve in a Bread Basketcenter_img Kang Mi JinKang Mi JinKang Mi Jin is a North Korean defector turned journalist who fled North Korea in 2009. She has a degree in economics and writes largely on marketization and economy-related issues for Daily NK. Questions about her articles can be directed to [email protected] SHARE Analysis & Opinion RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Kang Mi Jin – 2012.05.22 5:18pm Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke”last_img read more

Tense Times Down on the Farm

first_img AvatarJeong Jae Sung There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest By Jeong Jae Sung – 2012.08.18 6:35pm News The North Korean authorities are attempting to bring privately farmed land in and around existing cooperative farms back under the control of the state, Daily NK has learned. The move appears to be one of a number of farm management measures being implemented in the weeks prior to the launching of the country’s new economic management system later this year.The news was received on the 17th from a resident of North Hamkyung Province currently in China on business. According to the individual, “Homes scattered in twos and threes within the boundaries of cooperative farms are all being razed and everyone is being gathered in zones of what they are calling ‘modern residences’.”“The management committee told us that this is necessary because homes are currently too spread out so the land cannot be used effectively,” the source explained. “They also said that in the end farmers will benefit because they will get 30% of production once small plots and the land that houses currently sits on all reverts to the state.”However, the source said most farmers are not inclined to agree with the official version of the future. He went on, “They say that they are adjusting the basic norms of cooperative farming under the new agricultural reforms, but you’d struggle to find a farmer who thinks production will rise. People are rightly worrying that it is really just a means of taking away people’s private plots.”The farmland management project also reportedly involves redrawing the boundaries of farms, improving water supply management systems and more; however, local farmers, accustomed to mistreatment at the hands of the state, seem to see it as a means of enhancing control of the populace and nationalizing privately farmed land.“The authorities are coming up with all these reasons, like ‘This is designed to reduce the farmers’ inconvenience’, ‘It improves the supply system’ or ‘We are building modern socialist dwellings to suit the times’,” the source said, before adding dryly, “But who is going to believe that?”The source said that he was present at a meeting where a village cooperative farm management committee official described the current project as ‘Party-level farmland rearrangement’, but noted that he has not personally seen any documents to the same effect. News SHARE News center_img News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak Tense Times Down on the Farm RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

Park Touches Down for Beijing Summit

first_img News By Daily NK – 2013.06.27 6:09pm Park Touches Down for Beijing Summit SHARE AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News News Facebook Twittercenter_img North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest [imText1] News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Bartering used to stock up during hectic autumn

first_imgNews News News It’s time for another episode of the weekly series MarketTrends, where we look at the latest developments in North Korea’s economy.Although the weather is cooling down and autumn is setting in, most NorthKoreans are busy with forced labor mobilizations. As a result, they don’t havethe free time to engage in leisurely activities like their counterparts inSouth Korea. We now turn to special correspondent Kang Mi Jin for more. Yes, that’s correct. North Koreans are busy as ever thistime of year. First of all, agricultural mobilizations take up quite a bit oftime. Additionally, residents are busy tending their personal plots to stock upfor the winter, and a large percentage of the population has been mobilized insome way or another to participate in the North Hamgyong Province floodrestoration efforts. In the midst of all this, we’ve seen another fall staple:the increasing practice of bartering to obtain products in places adjacent tothe marketplaces. This method often turns out to be cheaper than purchasinggoods with currency in the markets.Can you tell us a little more about bartering practices inNorth Korea?Once autumn arrives, people all over the country can be seenbartering for the goods they need. The goods typically traded in this fashionvary from region to region. For example, Ryanggang Province is a big potatoproducer, so residents there often trade potatoes for pears, which are producedin Hamgyong Province. In North Hamgyong’s Kilju County, residents generateprofit by trading apples and pears for potatoes from Ryanggang Province. Seems like a profitable operation. But, one thing strikesme: potatoes are on the cheaper side, whereas apples and pears tend to be a bitmore expensive. How do they address this discrepancy in the barter deals?That’s a good observation. They certainly aren’t traded on aone-to-one ratio all the time, with the ratios varying according to locationand product.Merchants can be clever by going to places where theexchange ratio is favorable. In this way, they increase their profits. Inpotato-producing regions, for example, the ratio of exchange is generally twokg of potato for one kg of apples/pears. However, in an apple producing regionlike Kilju County, the exchange is closer to one-to-one. The donju (newlyaffluent middle class) travel from place to place to get the best rates andmaximize their profits. A couple of these trips can provide enough of a profitfor ordinary folks to purchase enough grain to last through the winter.It seems like the North Korean people are really starting tohave a good understanding and appreciation for how pricing works in a marketsystem. One thing I am curious about is storage and transportation, which canbe tricky in North Korea because of the limited infrastructure.This is a top concern: what can be done to protect thequality of produce? Ordinary North Koreans have no reliable access to stablerefrigeration or electricity unless they provide it for themselves, so theyoften use underground storage to protect their produce. Potatoes are mucheasier to store than fruit. Residents focus a lot of attention on maintainingthe freshness of their fruit because they know that the value depends on it. Bydigging a two-meter deep hole, produce can usually be stored effectively.However, due to the difficulty of this preservation method, some choose toextend the shelf life by drying and storing their fruits.Bartering seems like a good way to maximize one’s assetseven in a financially tight situation. In addition, it makes it easier forresidents to purchase foods from all over the country and avoid over-dependencyon the authorities. Thanks for coming in today.  News Ordinary Pyongyang residents have not received government rations since mid-April By Daily NK – 2016.10.17 5:51pm SHAREcenter_img North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store Facebook Twitter Bartering used to stock up during hectic autumn RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Air Koryo suspends ‘Pyongyang-Dandong’ route

first_img News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Daily NK – 2017.05.20 9:33am News North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) SHARE News News AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Air Koryo suspends ‘Pyongyang-Dandong’ route Flights previously offered by North Korea’s national airline Air Koryo between the Chinese city of Dandong and North Korea’s Pyongyang appear to have been suspended.As of May 16, Dandong had disappeared from the list of destinations offered on the homepage of Air Koryo. The only remaining air routes between China and North Korea are now between Pyongyang-Beijing and Pyongyang-Shenyang. According to Yonhap News Agency, the Beijing office of Air Koryo stated, “There are no flights offered between Dandong-Pyongyang for the time being.”A spokesperson for China’s Dandong Langtou Airport previously announced the offering of flights of chartered planes between Dandong and Pyongyang from March 28 due to an alleged increase in demand from Chinese tourists visiting North Korea. At the time of the announcement, the Liaoning Provincial government widely promoted the new route with placards reading, ‘Celebration of the opening of Dandong-Pyongyang international air route’ in the vicinity of Dandong station, including along Jinshan Dajie road. (link articleHowever, the open promotion by the regional Chinese government for North Korea’s state airline drew criticism from the international community, as the UN had voted to impose sanctions on regime. The US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) also listed Air Koryo Airline as a sanctioned entity in December last year, due to accusations that the airline has contributed to the development of North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction and controversial overseas labor dispatches.The sudden suspension of the Dandong-Pyongyang route is being pointed to by some as a demonstration of China’s will to strengthen sanctions against the North. China also temporarily suspended Air China’s flight route between Beijing and Pyongyang in April as a part of its sanctions measures.The measures are also thought to have been influenced by North Korea’s recent provocations including the launch of a ‘Hwasong-12’ intermediate-range ballistic missile. It was seen as an affront to China, as it occurred during the ‘Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation’ hosted by Beijing on May 14.China also contributed to the drafting of a UNSC statement issued on May 15 regarding North Korea’s recent launch of ballistic missiles. The statement reads: “We strongly condemn the most recent ballistic missile launches conducted by the DPRK. The DPRK should demonstrate its efforts to denuclearize through specific actions and not conduct further nuclear or missile provocations.”In regards to this, a spokesperson for South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, “All UNSC countries including China and Russia were united in clarifying their firm position in response to North Korea’s provocations.” Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store Dandong is now missing from the list of destinations offered on Air Koryo’s homepage. Image: Air Koryo homepage Facebook Twitter North Korea hikes “party contributions” Russia-based workers must pay by 30-55%last_img read more

South Korean drinking culture creeps north

first_imgNewsEconomy Kang Mi JinKang Mi JinKang Mi Jin is a North Korean defector turned journalist who fled North Korea in 2009. She has a degree in economics and writes largely on marketization and economy-related issues for Daily NK. Questions about her articles can be directed to [email protected] Households where the husband’s parents are living with a younger married couple are hotspots for these types of conflicts, added the source, who related a recent story where “a woman came home quite late after a night out drinking, and many in the neighborhood heard the loud fight that ensued.”  SHARE “It’s now common to hear groups of North Koreans across the country loudly exclaiming ‘geonbae!’ during gatherings, apparently due to the influence of South Korean media. The previous ‘cheers’ expression was ‘chukbae,’ although this has been steadily disappearing since the 2000s. ‘Geonbae’ is considered to be trendier among younger people and students now,” a source in Pyongyang told Daily NK on December 4. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR South Korean drinking culture creeps north “People used to toast to the ‘Great scientists and the People’s Army,’ but now they toast to ‘wealth’ and becoming ‘successful businesspeople,’” he added. “It’s now the era of personal self-reliance, so naturally conversations revolve around making a living.”  The idea of women drinking alcohol and holding parties, however, is still frowned upon by a considerable portion of the population, as patriarchal culture remains strong in the country. She explained that for many of the older generation who spent most of their lives under the all-encompassing socialist system, these new cultural changes are very strange and can lead to conflict in some families. “The younger generation is quickly becoming accustomed to things like dancing and females drinking alcohol, while the older generation is becoming ever more critical of the changes,” she said.”But I have heard many people say, ‘Times are changing and you have to keep up with the times, or you’ll be left out.’” As North Koreans prepare for end-of-year festivities, the influence of South Korea’s cultural wave, known as “Hallyu,” has led to one particularly striking linguistic change. During gatherings of family and friends, North Koreans can now commonly be heard saying “geonbae!” – the South Korean version of “cheers” used to toast each other’s health. After the famine of the 1990s, North Korean women took over the role of family breadwinners through their work in the markets. It became common for women to hold drinking parties at the end of the year, but this also became a source of conflict.  News “As the breadwinners of their families, women [had the means to] hold these parties, involving drinking, clinking glasses, and toasting to things mostly related to the success of their business,” the source added. US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again “There are many private and business-related end-of-year gatherings at the end of the year, and it’s common to open the celebrations by toasting ‘geonbae!’, raising and clinking their glasses to the successes of the year and for a hopeful new year. Toasts used to revolve around party loyalty and the like, but now they toast to money and health instead.” By Kang Mi Jin – 2017.12.06 5:32pm Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaders News Facebook Twitter A source in South Pyongan Province told told Daily NK that “‘geonbae culture’ has become the subject of recurring arguments between adults, but young people have embraced it, toasting ‘geonbae’ even when drinking non-alcoholic drinks. Such a thing would have been unthinkable years ago, but this is another way that South Korean dramas have influenced the culture of young North Koreans.” News North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) last_img read more

N. Korea begins enforcing price controls in local markets

first_img News North Korean authorities have begun enforcing price controls after commodity prices spiked following the closure of the Sino-North Korean border, Daily NK has learned. Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store “Officials from the commercial management department in Hamhung’s people’s committee started to enforce price controls in local markets about three or four days ago,” a South Hamgyong Province-based source told Daily NK on Feb. 10.“The people’s committee is ordering local merchants not to raise their prices because of the crisis surrounding the coronavirus. They have even threatened merchants that they will no longer be allowed to conduct business activities if they raise their prices,” the source added.Officials affiliated with the commercial management department are checking to see whether merchants have raised prices at Samil Market, Sapo Market, Kumsa Market and other markets in Hamhung at least twice a day, according to sources.Kumsa Market is in a two-story building and merchants on the first floor reportedly contact those on the second-floor whenever commercial department officials show up to warn them.TIGHTENING CONTROL OVER PRICESNorth Korea began placing price controls over goods sold at markets right after the currency reform of 2009. Price controls disappeared, however, as the negative consequences of the currency reform grew larger. Economic officials have attempted to implement price controls in the past several times, but have failed.A Daily NK source in Ryanggang Province also reported that people’s committee officials are monitoring prices in markets in the province, but local merchants are finding ways to avoid getting into trouble for raising their prices.“Merchants switch the prices on their goods to those used [before the crisis] whenever officials make their rounds,” the source said.North Koreans have expressed conflicting views on the government’s recent implementation of price controls.“Some people are saying that it’s wrong to raise prices during a crisis like this,” one source told Daily NK. “They think that the price controls are a good thing and consider it natural for the government to tighten controls during times of crisis.”Other North Koreans view things differently: “To some North Koreans, the price controls remind them of the government’s heavy-handed control over the markets in the early 2000s,” the source explained.SKYROCKETING COMMODITY PRICESDaily NK sources reported that the closure of the Sino-North Korean border has led to a drastic rise in commodity prices. Some areas have seen fuel prices rise by at least 60%. If the border remains closed, the North Korean economy could experience a drastic increase in inflation, sources warned.“Market management authorities and monitoring teams are monitoring prices at the five major markets in Hyesan along with smaller street markets,” the Ryanggang Province told Daily NK. “Merchants are trying to avoid selling products at cheaper prices because they don’t know how long the crisis will last.”The source also added that Chinese rice is now more expensive than North Korean rice, which has led market merchants at Hyesan’s five rice distributors to stop selling rice and flour to market merchants.*Translated by Alek SigleyPlease direct any comments or questions about this article to [email protected] in Korean North Korea hikes “party contributions” Russia-based workers must pay by 30-55% TAGSMarket Economymarket pricesRyanggang Provincesino-north korean bordereconomyhyesansouth hamgyong provinceprice controls SHARE News North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) Facebook Twitter News Kang Mi JinKang Mi JinKang Mi Jin is a North Korean defector turned journalist who fled North Korea in 2009. She has a degree in economics and writes largely on marketization and economy-related issues for Daily NK. Questions about her articles can be directed to [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more