China's need for agricultural workers makes it profitable for North Korean laborers to make the risky crossing.
In a country with too little food, high-ranking officials are likely abetting the bootleg pork trade with China.
Thousands are forced to work till late at night on a showcase project, with many sleeping at the work site.
The reclusive country needs advanced technology from abroad because it can’t develop its own.
North Korea expert Andrei Lankov says that sanctions don't work when a leader can ignore the views of his country's people.
Authorities have opened the tunnel to motorists even though they have not completed construction.
Kim Jong Un among 16 senior Pyongyang officials blacklisted as Washington tightens the screws on North Korea.
The desire to get their children into a good university and dissatisfaction with state education are leading some to get outside schooling
Mass defection of regime-run restaurant staff to South Korea spurs ideological tightening that inconveniences workers and employers
Many are killed in falls or by heart attacks or endemic disease, one expert says.
Installing the 'Red Star' operating system and solving information technology problems puts money in the pockets of the technologically savvy.
Authorities are no longer letting residents obtain documents to travel to China to visit family members or conduct private business.
The soldiers, who are told to disguise their identity, are increasingly replacing North Korean civilians sent abroad to work.
The new procedure allows firms and factories to conduct transactions without relying on promissory notes.
Meanwhile, security officers travel with larger vessels to monitor crews' use of communications equipment.
The 'dishonorable discharge' means expulsion from the Workers Party, but at least worn out soldiers get to go home.
Political prisoners and citizens of low social standing are sent to work in the mines under harsh conditions, report says.