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Use NK Pro to help avoid costly sanctions fines while identifying future economic opportunities in an integrated DPRK.

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Our NK Pro Member Briefings and Push Alerts keep you abreast of the latest news, analysis, events and conferences around the world.

Whether it's improving your sanctions compliance capabilities or identifying future opportunities in the DPRK economy, NK Pro is the number one resource for quickly understanding how North Korea may impact your business.

Identifying future DPRK opportunities

Financial Sector & Corporate Usage

Better sanctions compliance, due dilligence

Stay one step ahead

With the North Korea sanctions regime having significantly expanded in recent years, the risks for businesses of being implicated in even unwitting breaches has grown. In this regard, NK Pro offers precise and actionable business insights relating to areas of sanctions risk in a number of ways. 

Firstly, tools like our NK Company Database and NK Ship Tracker provide practitioners in the sanctions compliance field a means to conduct enhanced due diligence on transactions relating to North Korea. 

Secondly, specialist reporters regularly publish sanctions investigations revealing new networks and exclusive news related to both domestic and overseas DPRK business sector developments.

NK Pro offers those interested in future DPRK-related opportunities a wide range of actionable insight and business intelligence. Reporters and analysts regularly scrutinize both macro and micro-economic developments, developments in DPRK business law, as well as profiles on emerging North Korean companies of interest. 

Furthermore, research tools like the NK Company Database and NK Aggregator provide a way to surface information on a wide range of companies and individuals working inside the DPRK economy.

Often the first to break North Korea-related news – and with a strong track record for accuracy – NK Pro and NK News are essential reads for anyone working on the DPRK portfolio. 

And when breaking news occurs, you can count on your membership to better make sense of developments. With a team of highly specialized geopolitical, military, and geospatial analysts, NK Pro can keep you informed of events as they happen.

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Here’s what members of the federal community find most helpful for their daily operations:

Don’t just take our word for it. See what our existing users in news and media think.

When you have too much information and when information is conflicting, the ground truth is the deciding factor. NK Pro provides its subscribers with that ground truth. I have referred to NK Pro for its unique services in search of the ground truth concerning North Korea and Northeast Asian security, economics and social issues.”

LTG Chun In-bum, former deputy commander for the First ROK Army

The Panel found that being able to have access to NK News’s regular reporting, its specialized offerings and its staff added greatly to our effectiveness. They were all models of clarity, independence and probity, and helped us by often providing context and corroboration for our own information.”

Martin Uden, former Coordinator of the UN Panel on Sanctions against the DPRK

“As someone who has followed and assessed developments in North Korea for many years I can not recollect a time in the past few decades when interest was higher. News coverage has expanded exponentially but quantity is no substitute for quality. I have found NK Pro to be the best source for keeping me current on events as well as in assisting my research on economic and sanctions matters. I recommend it highly.”

William J Newcomb, former member of the UN Panel of Experts on DPRK Sanctions

“My day starts, along with multiple cups of coffee, by reading the NYTimes and Wall Street Journal in old-fashioned hard copy, and the Washington Post online. By the time I'm finished with WaPo, NK News is waiting in my inbox, and I'm ready to hone in on Korea related affairs. The stories by NKNews' own reporters cover a lot of territory, as do the daily excerpts from the wire services. I avidly await the commentary by Professors Lankov and more recently Haggard. The longish Q&As with multiple experts, provide an easy and quick range of viewpoint and opinion on the most important events as they happen. And the historical glimpses are often interesting side-bars. If NK Pro wasn't so expensive, I'd read that too. NKNews gives me thebackground news and overviews I need in order to focus in closely on NK's human rights situation in my own research and writing, And NK News provides the context of happenings in, on and regarding the Korean peninsula that are invaluable for our advocacy to put human rights issues on to the agenda and into the mix with all the other aspects of the NK conundrum."

David Hawk, Prominent human rights researcher and advocate. Author, The Hidden Gulag: Exposing North Korea's Prison Camps -- Prisoner's Testimonies and Satellite Photographs

See what colleagues in the sanctions compliance and business development sectors think about NK Pro:

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Geoffrey See

Founder, Choson Exchange

"In the 11 years of work training over 2000 North Koreans in economic policy, business, entrepreneurship and infrastructure, I have depended on NK Pro as a rare source of reliable news on an issue plagued by agendas, misinformation, and rumors. Executing on our programs inside and outside of North Korea requires accurate information to make critical judgment calls.

Without NK Pro, we would be more prone to making mistakes based on poor information, mistakes that would be costly given our active slate of economic policy, business, and startup programs inside and outside the country."

"In the 11 years of work training over 2000 North Koreans in economic policy, business, entrepreneurship and infrastructure, I have depended on NK Pro as a rare source of reliable news on an issue plagued by agendas, misinformation, and rumors. Executing on our programs inside and outside of North Korea requires accurate information to make critical judgment calls.

Without NK Pro, we would be more prone to making mistakes based on poor information, mistakes that would be costly given our active slate of economic policy, business, and startup programs inside and outside the country."

Founder, Choson Exchange

Geoffrey See

Michael Hay

Founder and Principal, Hay Kalb & Associates, Pyongyang

"In 20 years of dealing with the DPRK, I have found no service that equals the astonishing breadth and depth of analysis and research offered by NK News and its affiliates for matters related to North Korea, both domestic and international in scope. 

The speed and accuracy of its reporting and the reliability of its sources are first-class, and I frequently turn to NK News for up-to-date, reliable and responsible reporting. 

No other outlet comes close to matching it."

"In 20 years of dealing with the DPRK, I have found no service that equals the astonishing breadth and depth of analysis and research offered by NK News and its affiliates for matters related to North Korea, both domestic and international in scope. 

The speed and accuracy of its reporting and the reliability of its sources are first-class, and I frequently turn to NK News for up-to-date, reliable and responsible reporting. 

No other outlet comes close to matching it."

Founder and Principal, Hay Kalb & Associates, Pyongyang

Michael Hay

Martin Uden

Former Coordinator, UN Panel of Experts on DPRK

"The Panel found that being able to have access to NK News’s regular reporting, its specialized offerings and its staff added greatly to our effectiveness. 

They were all models of clarity, independence and probity, and helped us by often providing context and corroboration for our own information.”

"The Panel found that being able to have access to NK News’s regular reporting, its specialized offerings and its staff added greatly to our effectiveness. 

They were all models of clarity, independence and probity, and helped us by often providing context and corroboration for our own information.”

Former Coordinator, UN Panel of Experts on DPRK

Martin Uden

William J. Newcomb

Former member of the UN Panel of Experts on DPRK

"As someone who has followed and assessed developments in North Korea for many years I can not recollect a time in the past few decades when interest was higher. News coverage has expanded exponentially but quantity is no substitute for quality. I have found NK Pro to be the best source for keeping me current on events as well as in assisting my research on economic and sanctions matters. I recommend it highly."

"As someone who has followed and assessed developments in North Korea for many years I can not recollect a time in the past few decades when interest was higher. News coverage has expanded exponentially but quantity is no substitute for quality. I have found NK Pro to be the best source for keeping me current on events as well as in assisting my research on economic and sanctions matters. I recommend it highly."

Former member of the UN Panel of Experts on DPRK

William J. Newcomb

  • Tracks the public appearance of senior North Korean elites alongside either Kim Jong Un, Kim Jong Il or Kim Il Sung since 1994
  • Detect changes in economic priorities and policy changes
  • Access individual biographies of nearly 500 elites
  • Map out visits.

Tracking elite appearances can provide useful clues about North Korean policy and the positioning of senior figures within the regime.

How our clients use it:

Gov / Military: Gain rapid-fire access to leaders’ biographies and historical data to guide internal briefings prior to meetings with DPRK officials. This includes leaders’ resumes, developments in their career and rank.

Corporate Sector: Both in terms of identifying key economic officials, emerging economic areas of priority.

Academia: Research on changing priorities and trends in leadership.

News and media: Understand changes in leadership after a major reshuffle and cross reference data to verify possible purges. Quickly identify information about key figures and who they meet.

NGOs: Gain rapid-fire access to leaders’ biographies and historical data to guide internal briefings prior to meetings with DPRK officials.

NK Pro is dedicated to getting professionals the exact information they need to make decisions related to North Korea as quickly and confidently as possible. 

Building on the strong newsgathering reputation of NK News, we fuse decades of overall staff experience with cutting-edge technologies to provide NK Pro subscribers the very best knowledge and tools to achieve their North Korea-related goals. 

At our core is a team of journalists and analysts who focus exclusively on North Korea, from a wide range of specialist backgrounds. Able to spot the nuances which can have the biggest impact, we build on their insights with custom-designed tools to save time, connect the dots, and provide you first access to play-by-play developments. 

In a world where qualified and objective understanding of North Korea is hard to come by, NK Pro provides an unrivaled foundation for professionals to solve complex problems and identify meaningful new opportunities.

Whether you need insights into the latest leadership reshuffle, on policy changes emerging from a New Year’s speech, or the implications of the latest U.S.-DPRK summit meeting, you will always find it in NK Pro analysis.

We’re event-driven: You can expect rapid-fire and in-depth analysis on breaking news events such as summits, weapons tests, bombshell reports and statements quicker than our competitors to keep you well-prepared for your next briefing. 

We’re trend-driven: Our proactive analysts also read between the lines to identify new trends and issues of importance. We flag these for you, as and when they emerge, across a diverse range of issues.

With NK Pro News, We bring together the latest developments in the political, business, legal and infrastructure sectors, written by leading journalists in the North Korea field. We specialize in primary source-driven news and analysis, relying heavily on informed sources, data forex, and satellite imagery.

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Former Business Person in DPRK

Entrepreneur with almost 15 years experience based in North Korea

"I did business in the DPRK for many years, during which time I got to know the place pretty well, and although I stopped some years ago, I still like to keep abreast of developments. So many ‘news’ reports about the country are woefully inaccurate, and the number of North Korea commentators who actually know what they are talking about and who are also not starting out with their own agenda seems to be relatively small. In my opinion NK Pro provides accurate and timely reporting drawing on the work of genuine experts, which means I can ignore everything else."

"I did business in the DPRK for many years, during which time I got to know the place pretty well, and although I stopped some years ago, I still like to keep abreast of developments. So many ‘news’ reports about the country are woefully inaccurate, and the number of North Korea commentators who actually know what they are talking about and who are also not starting out with their own agenda seems to be relatively small. In my opinion NK Pro provides accurate and timely reporting drawing on the work of genuine experts, which means I can ignore everything else."

Entrepreneur with almost 15 years experience based in North Korea

Former Business Person in DPRK

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Avoid risk, seize 
opportunities

Use NK Pro to help avoid costly sanctions fines while identifying future economic opportunities in an integrated DPRK.

Don’t just take our word for it

See what colleagues in the sanctions compliance and business development sectors think about NK Pro:

Here’s what finance / corporate sector professionals find most helpful:

How can NK Pro help?

Financial Sector & Corporate Usage

With the North Korea sanctions regime having significantly expanded in recent years, the risks for businesses of being implicated in even unwitting breaches has grown. In this regard, NK Pro offers precise and actionable business insights relating to areas of sanctions risk in a number of ways. 

Firstly, tools like our NK Company Database and NK Ship Tracker provide practitioners in the sanctions compliance field a means to conduct enhanced due diligence on transactions relating to North Korea. 

Secondly, specialist reporters regularly publish sanctions investigations revealing new networks and exclusive news related to both domestic and overseas DPRK business sector developments.

Whether it's improving your sanctions compliance capabilities or identifying future opportunities in the DPRK economy, NK Pro is the number one resource for quickly understanding how North Korea may impact your business.

NK Pro offers those interested in future DPRK-related opportunities a wide range of actionable insight and business intelligence. Reporters and analysts regularly both macro and micro-economic developments, developments in DPRK business law, as well as profiles on emerging North Korean companies of interest. 

Furthermore, research tools like the NK Company Database and NK Aggregator provide a way to surface information on a wide range of companies and individuals working inside the DPRK economy.

Often the first to break North Korea-related news – and with a strong track record for accuracy – NK Pro and NK News are essential reads for anyone working on the DPRK portfolio. 

And when breaking news occurs, you can count on your membership to better make sense of developments. With a team of highly specialized geopolitical, military and geospatial analysts, NK Pro  can keep you informed of events as they happen.

Better sanctions compliance, due dilligence

Stay one step ahead

Identifying future DPRK opportunities

NK Pro is dedicated to getting professionals the exact information they need to make decisions related to North Korea as quickly and confidently as possible. 

Building on the strong newsgathering reputation of NK News, we fuse decades of overall staff experience with cutting-edge technologies to provide NK Pro subscribers the very best knowledge and tools to achieve their North Korea-related goals. 

At our core is a team of journalists and analysts who focus exclusively on North Korea, from a wide range of specialist backgrounds. Able to spot the nuances which can have the biggest impact, we build on their insights with custom-designed tools to save time, connect the dots, and provide you first access to play-by-play developments. 

In a world where qualified and objective understanding of North Korea is hard to come by, NK Pro provides an unrivaled foundation for professionals to solve complex problems and identify meaningful new opportunities.

Whether you need insights into the latest leadership reshuffle, on policy changes emerging from a New Year’s speech, or the implications of the latest U.S.-DPRK summit meeting, you will always find it in NK Pro analysis.

We’re event-driven: You can expect rapid-fire and in-depth analysis on breaking news events such as summits, weapons tests, bombshell reports and statements quicker than our competitors to keep you well-prepared for your next briefing. 

We’re trend-driven: Our proactive analysts also read between the lines to identify new trends and issues of importance. We flag these for you, as and when they emerge, across a diverse range of issues.

With NK Pro News, We bring together the latest developments in the political, business, legal and infrastructure sectors, written by leading journalists in the North Korea field. We specialize in primary source-driven news and analysis, relying heavily on informed sources, data forex, and satellite imagery.

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The Aviation Tracker

The Aviation Tracker tracks commercial flights to, from, and within North Korea.

The world’s only North Korea-specific tool for observing flights going into and out of the DPRK.

Track commercial flights to, from, and within North Korea.

The Aviation Tracker is designed to help you measure the North’s economic activities--especially the transportation of sanctioned materials--as well as understand shifting trends in tourism, and visualize North Korea’s diplomatic relations.

Using radio technology, visual sightings and other open sources, the NK Pro Aviation Tracker provides comprehensive information on the movement of aircraft to, from and within North Korea. Based on historical data going back to 1970, our flight data comes from a unique combination of three sources aggregated in a way not used anywhere else.

Some examples of how you can use the tracker:

  • Kim Jong Un’s bodyguards arrive in Hanoi on Air Koryo IL-76 cargo plane
  • In unusual move, five Air Koryo planes head to Vladivostok on Monday
  • U.S.A.F. cargo plane left Pyongyang on Saturday morning, flight purpose unknown
  • Amid increased sanctions, Air Koryo flights decreased by 22% in 2017: data
  • Orascom private jet pays unreported trip to North Korea

Meet our staff writers and contributors

Kelly Kasulis, Managing Editor, NK Pro/NK News

Kelly Kasulis is the Managing Editor of NK Pro/NK News, based in Seoul. She previously covered North and South Korea for Public Radio International, Al Jazeera English, Bloomberg Industry, Mic and many others. Follow Kelly on Twitter: @kasulisk.
Andrei Lankov, Director
 
Andrei Lankov writes exclusively for NK News and NK Pro as one of the world's leading authorities on North Korea. A graduate of Leningrad State University, he attended Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung University from 1984-5. 
Korea Risk Group offers a combination of unique staff perspectives and skillsets to understand the DPRK in a simply unrivaled manner. 

Staff include:
Jeongmin Kim, Seoul Correspondent
 
Jeongmin Kim is a correspondent at NK News, based in Seoul. She previously worked for the CSIS Korea Chair and in the Seoul bureau of Reuters news agency. Follow her on Twitter @jeongminnkim
Wongi Jung, Correspondent
 
Won-Gi Jung is a reporter based in Seoul. His work appears on both NK Pro and NK News. He previously worked for the CSIS Korea Chair and East Asia Institute. Follow him on Twitter: @jungwongida.
Regular contributors include:
Chun In-Bum
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Wang Son-taek
Kosuke Takahashi
Stephan Haggard
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Peter Ward, Contributing Analyst
 
Ward is one of the world's leading specialists on DPRK economic, agricultural and legislative issues. As a fluent Korean speaker who has visited the DPRK several times, Ward's niche-focus analysis is unmatched in the open-source.

Former deputy commander for the First ROK Army

Historian, Kookmin University

North Korea Specialist & Anchor, YTN

Jane's Defense, Tokyo

Political Economist, UCSD

Long-time NK News Contributor

James Fretwell, Analyst, NK Pro
 
Alongside his duties as Assitant Editor, Fretwell is an analyst for both NK Pro and NK News. His specialties include topics relating to foreign policy, inter-Korean relations, history, and sanctions. He speaks fluent Korean and studied his Masters at Yonsei.
Colin Zwirko, Senior Analytic Correspondent
 
Zwirko is a Seoul-based correspondent who focuses on a range of subjects including diplomatic affairs, DPRK infrastructure, and trade issues. Furthermore, he is a satellite imagery specialist and produces regular work in this area. 
Nils Weisensee, Director of News Operations
 
Nils brings together years of journalism experience with major international media, a North Korea skillset cultivated through an operations role with the Choson Exchange NGO, and business-smarts from his startup activities in Shanghai.
Min Hao Choy, Data Correspondent
 
Min Chao Choy is a data correspondent for NK News and NK Pro, currently based in Los Angeles, with a focus on shipping and aviation-related issues. She was previously at a news wire covering Asia/Oceania and Cybersecurity.
Chad O'Carroll, Founder & CEO
 
O'Carroll founded NK News, the genesis for NK Pro, in 2010 after visiting the DPRK as a tourist. Having worked at the UN, think tanks in Washington, DC, and written for multiple newspapers, Chad specializes in both writing news and analysis.