Traders in China are facing new restrictions after Thae Yong-ho leaves the country for South Korea.
Production in northern provinces exceeds goals, but the state takes it all.
Andrei Lankov sees limits to Beijing's willingness to pressure its ally Pyongyang, despite Chinese opposition to nuclear proliferation.
The move is aimed at bringing more foreign investment into the country's sanctions-hit economy.
State security agents hunt defectors, illegal cellphones, and banned media in areas damaged by Typhoon Lionrock.
Some in the country's agriculture business wonder how Pyongyang can advance its nuclear program, but can't prevent a flood.
Restricted movements and tightened inspections aim at reducing troops' involvement in smuggling and illegal border crossings.
The country explodes another nuclear device, then seeks aid for a natural disaster.
Show of U.S. support for ally Seoul comes as Washington dispatches top envoy on North Korean affairs.
Foreign affairs experts say the rogue nation will likely continue its nuclear buildup, however.
Heavy rains have destroyed bridges and roads and left farmland in the country's northern provinces under water.
The blast—the second carried out this year—is estimated to be North Korea's most powerful yet.
Even common phrases, spoken ironically, are seen as implying criticism of the regime.
The group will support special rapporteur Tomas Quintana in finding options for accountability for rights abuses in the DPRK.
Satellite images show enlarged re-education camp No. 12, probably to take in women repatriated from China.
The soldiers selected for the squads are participating in simulated training exercises with dummy bombs.
The Chinese-made gadget is now a target as Pyongyang begins to confiscate what may be the country's most popular electronic consumer device.
They are cautious in speaking about the news, at the same time envying diplomat Tae Yong Ho for fleeing to South Korea.
Andrei Lankov predicts Pyongyang won't be able to stop elite defections because leader Kim Jong Un has executed people formerly immune from such punishment.
At least for the wealthy, the cash that flows across the Yalu River underpins life in Sinuiju.
Before he defected, sources say, Tae Yong Ho oversaw the monitoring of defectors.
Pyongyang labels its supplements as 'restorative drinks' and 'nutritional supplements," but there are questions about what they actually are.
Officials are signing up those previously exempted from compulsory military service to counter the effects of a shortage of recruits due to the country’s decreasing birth rate.
South Korean company Samsung gave athletes the phones to carry during the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics.
Managers supply methamphetamines to forced laborers on a showcase construction project.
Invasive searches are becoming a cost of doing business with Pyongyang as the government increases border security.
The going price is about U.S. $15 a month for each North Korean worker who gets a position in a Chinese business, one source says.
Bullying behavior by diplomats seeking to kill unfavorable stories and promote a positive image is having little effect, sources say.
Local residents say five North Koreans had gone on an armed robbery spree, and three remain at large.
The practice is illegal, as beef is reserved for the country's elites and cows are needed on the farms.