Authorities fear the movies' historical themes critical of corruption and political misrule may be taken to heart.
A report by a group that exposes international organized crime finds that diplomatic involvement in the illicit activity has gone largely undetected and unreported.
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.
Clothing must not bear labels showing manufacture in rival South Korea, though.
Judicial authorities will not allow them to work in outside business ventures unless they fulfill their work obligations to the state.
Soldiers from less well-off families meanwhile serve at dangerous posts or in construction brigades.
Many are exhausted from working without compensation to show their commitment to the repressive regime.
UN sanctions are helping push vacancy rates up in Dadong, China as business with North Korea slows.
They are avoiding patronizing them so as to not attract additional attention from North Korean monitors who track their moves.
But sales of Taedonggang beer are limited to stores that carry products for the Korean communities in two cities in Liaoning province.
Removal of a national symbol looks like a protest against the dictatorship.
Police in North Hamgyong province stop and fine drivers for a wide range of infractions, sources say.
Closures come after deputy health minister finds multiple problems at clinics in Dar es Salaam following RFA investigation.
The move will further reduce the profits earned by store managers, adding to central government revenue.
They avoid paying rent by helping Chinese partners make contacts for trade across the border.