High-ranking authorities and members of the ruling Kim family routinely go to the city-state for medical treatment and luxury goods.
Defection often leads to severe punishment for extended family members, sources say.
Source familiar with plan says Pyongyang will use hackers to gather data without connecting citizens to global Internet
The decision is linked to sanctions against the reclusive nation for its nuclear development.
They are ditching their regular cell phones, as censors crack down on users who download foreign movies.
While allies decry senseless act of violence, Pyongyang hails 'righteous punishment.'
North Koreans are illegally crossing into China on the frozen Tumen River.
Deliveries arrive by ship and pipeline under the terms of favorable loans, sources say.
Michael Kirby says COI produced compelling evidence of crimes against humanity in North Korea.
The workers had been ordered to improve acidic soil on local farmland.
Authorities believe that direct contact between the two will bring more money into the impoverished country.
A rights group says the regime monitors phone calls, targets smugglers to close off info flows.
More citizens are using the pins featuring pictures of former leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il in place of cash.
Payoffs make a usually difficult and time-consuming task easier and faster in the Hermit Kingdom.
Freedom House names North Korea, Chinese-ruled Tibet among ‘worst of the worst.’
Tightened security at the border with China brings demands for a greater share of profits.
An East Asia expert says he doesn't think anybody is going to be fooled by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's offer to hold talks with South Korea.
Exports slow due to Chinese sulfur regulations and power shortages at home.
Lighter packs and gear are being tested in selected areas before nationwide implementation in April.
Sources say the move follows an order to block foreign influences.
The FBI cites ‘significant overlap’ with other attacks engineered by the reclusive nation.
North Koreans are buying solar power systems from a Chinese border town for home installation.
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.