The demand for 'ice' picks up as illicit drug makers move production across the border to China.
Many residents fear that further seismic events will topple their shoddily built apartments and office buildings.
Mix of Seoul's pop music, information about wealthier, democratic South is known to rankle the North.
Experts doubt Pyongyang claims of advanced bomb in blast that caught allies, foes off guard and is likely to draw new UN sanctions.
Problems may be local rather than due to central government policy, though.
The cost for a vacation has shifted to cash, highlighting differences between the haves and have-nots.
The facility has built seven vessels since the beginning of the year, sources say.
Some of the money is funneled upward to buy protection from higher-level cadres.
People say that the lookalike products made by individuals—not factories—are less expensive and offer better quality.
Three women were put to death for using their cell phones to distribute copies of a banned South Korean soap opera.
Many students, their parents and teachers believe such trading activities are safer than shopping in dodgy black markets.
Many are forced to work in unsafe conditions and have not been paid for months, sources say.
Chinese citizens along the border say their phones can't be used in cases of emergency.
Sources say producers seek to capitalize on the country’s failing health care system.
Methamphetamine consumption has resulted in widespread criminal and antisocial behavior, sources say.
Kim Jong Un orders troops to raise pigs, cultivate soybeans to address shortages of food.
Emboldened by the regime's 'Military First' policy, soldiers carry out raids on farms to take what they want.