He had applied for asylum in Denmark after escaping a political prison camp.
Sources say authorities want to root out illicit cell phones.
The move appears aimed at boosting domestic production in the cash-strapped country.
Sources say Pyongyang relies on workers abroad to generate governing funds.
They siphon off raw material and sell finished goods locally.
A former US envoy says any future talks with North Korea must lead to implementation of earlier denuclearization agreements.
The official’s wife may have leveraged her relationship with leader Kim Jong Un’s spouse.
The move is aimed at 'revitalizing' party activities, sources say.
U.N. special rapporteur on North Korea says the prison camps “have been uppermost” in the concerns of the international community.
The homes are vacant despite a severe housing crisis.
The Swedish government through its embassy in Pyongyang helps obtain his release.
They say the government has broken its promise ensuring they keep almost one-third of the grain they produce.
A human rights expert says that North Koreans should be free to choose their leaders.
A newspaper shows photos of the dictator standing with the apparent aid of a walking stick.
The still-unregulated private system is quickly replacing the government postal service.
Students are not the only ones learning the popular foreign language in the hermit kingdom.
The new officers seek to profit from corruption near the capital and the border with China.
A nationwide campaign focuses concern on involvement in 'indecent' behaviors.
Tough new sanctions in proposed US legislation could change Pyongyang's behavior, an advocate for North Korean human rights says.
Children had been submitting newspapers bearing his photo for a wastepaper drive.
Censors remove certain equipment from television sets ahead of the Asian Games.
Thousands of families are being forcibly resettled and businesses shut down or closed.
Agricultural goods are easier to conceal than metal goods, sources say.
They are held responsible for the brigade’s lack of discipline.
Increasingly, parents who can’t handle these costs are turning to private tutors to educate their children.
Residents are drawn to the efficient technology, despite the higher cost.
Authorities look to discourage the use of Chinese networks in border areas.
They are also asked not to use emails to contact the authorities back home.
Three children perish from the highly contagious disease as authorities keep a tight lid on the outbreak.
But bringing the phones home and registering them requires costly bribes.