Council members want to move quickly to impose sanctions on Pyongyang.
The move, which comes in violation of UN Security Council resolutions, follows a nuclear test last month.
The demand for 'ice' picks up as illicit drug makers move production across the border to China.
Many are upset that the wealthy can afford to purchase clean spring water, while they must rely on blocks of ice from polluted rivers.
Pyongyang says it is holding Otto Frederick Warmbier in a statement released 20 days after taking him into custody.
The saying ‘samcheonmutong’ means judicial officials will look the other way as North Koreans watch the South's movies and TV shows.
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.
Sources say South Korean culture is spreading in the North, despite the regime’s best efforts.
Harsher punishments are ordered after several recently pardoned North Koreans escaped with their families into China.
Presidents Obama, Park also vow to press for accountability for Pyongyang’s human rights abuses.
But sources say farmer rations will suffer as local authorities struggle to meet expectations.
Leader Kim Jong Un hopes the measure will reverse the country’s low birth rate.
Restrictions on travel in the reclusive, nuclear-armed state now extend also to government workers and officials.
Sources say the group will likely impact North Koreans who subsist on smuggling.
The vandalism reflects popular anger at burdens imposed in advance of the celebrations, sources say.