DPRK Business Monthly: January 2018 | Asia Briefing

DPRK Business Monthly: January 2018

Published: January 2018

This regular publication looks at current international, domestic, and peninsular affairs concerning North Korea while also offering commentary and tourism information on the country.

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This regular publication looks at current international, domestic, and peninsular affairs concerning North Korea while also offering commentary and tourism information on the country.

In international news, a recent meeting by the US and Canada in Vancouver on the DPRK was viewed as counterproductive by both China and Russia, who stated that new mechanisms should be worked out to pressure Pyongyang. Further, according to NK News, the effect of foreign sanctions on humanitarian aid in North Korea is becoming a “serious concern.”

In Inter-Korean news, North and South Korea met on January 9 and agreed that North Korea would send a team to the 2018 Winter Olympics, due to be held in Seoul in February. South Korea’s presidential office, Cheong Wa Dae has also welcomed North Korea’s plan to reopen an inter-Korean communication hotline.

On the domestic front, Chongpung JVC has produced a series of Naenara vehicles. Due to fuel shortages within the DPRK, there is speculation that Chongpung will look for overseas buyers for this series of vehicles.


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