The reluctance of Kim Jong Un's nervous regime to acknowledge it is adopting a market economy frustrates the legal changes needed to sustain nascent growth.
Kim Jong Un's government understands that markets are politically dangerous, but can do little about them.
Veteran North Korea watcher suggests democracy is a bridge too far and China's path might appeal to Pyongyang rulers.
Roads, power, and phone lines take second place to heavy industry and weapons programs in North Korea, a noted expert says.
Lack of interest in economy, condemnation of Chinese reforms, are troubling omens for the country's future.
Younger South Koreans do not see unification with destitute North as the only future outcome.
North Korean diplomats spent much of 2015 cultivating foreign relations, only to see this work made void by the Jan. 6 nuclear blast.