The move is to bolster young leader Kim Jong Un's grip on power after his uncle's execution.
He is accused of attempting to overthrow the government of his young nephew.
Analysts say Jang Song Thaek was seen as a threat to Kim’s power.
U.S. asks Pyongyang to release another American citizen in North Korean custody.
The purge of Jang Song Thaek came more quickly than expected, a North Korea expert says.
The products are refused on suspicion of originating in the South.
Jang Song Thaek may have been eased out in a power struggle with the top political operative for the army.
A 1990s-throwback drama packed with pop culture references is trending among young people, sources say.
Families seek alternative energy sources to combat winter power shortages.
More than a dozen are believed held by authorities in Yunnan province.
Traders prefer South Korean brands that let them text in Korean over similar Chinese models.
The pricey device comes preloaded with reference materials and games.
But the drugs are unavailable to all except the rich, sources say.
Experts tell a UN panel leaders have refused to adopt measures remedying food shortages.
A US-based defector testifies about abuses she and her family endured.
The UN meanwhile presses on with an investigation of human rights abuses in the reclusive state.
But talks have broken down over financing issues.
Kim Jong Un's regime is less stable than his father's was, a North Korea expert says.
Traffic on the Hyesan-Changbai bridge on the Yalu River resumes after more than four months.
They all deal with banks in China, says a weapons expert.
Ninety percent of their harvest was taken last year by the military.
Nearby nuclear tests damaged the dam’s spillway, pushing back its expected completion date.
Cut off from China, North Korean traffickers create more addicts at home.
Action is urged against Pyongyang for widespread violations.
Officials in Seoul remain concerned about the project’s competitiveness.
Store owners cannot meet demand as the wealthy throng to purchase high-end foreign goods.
Tourism especially is looked to as a source of foreign currency.
North Korea's cancellation of a meeting with a U.S.envoy is a 'missed opportunity,' says an expert.
Washington had hoped the diplomat’s visit would gain a US citizen’s freedom.
Residents of the border town of Sinuiju say the project won’t benefit ordinary people.