Much of the secretive nation's early history has been airbrushed to serve the regime's current propaganda and control needs.
The reluctance of Kim Jong Un's nervous regime to acknowledge it is adopting a market economy frustrates the legal changes needed to sustain nascent growth.
Candidate Trump's isolationism might be welcome to Pyongyang, but no Republican administration will overlook North Korea's missile and nuclear programs.
A veteran North Korea watcher says that changes introduced three year ago are moving the country toward self-sufficiency in food.
Beyond nuclear sabre-rattling, North Korea spooks investors with its attitudes toward profit repatriation and managerial flexibility.
Kim Jong Un's government understands that markets are politically dangerous, but can do little about them.
Veteran North Korea watcher suggests democracy is a bridge too far and China's path might appeal to Pyongyang rulers.
Roads, power, and phone lines take second place to heavy industry and weapons programs in North Korea, a noted expert says.
Lack of interest in economy, condemnation of Chinese reforms, are troubling omens for the country's future.
Younger South Koreans do not see unification with destitute North as the only future outcome.
North Korean diplomats spent much of 2015 cultivating foreign relations, only to see this work made void by the Jan. 6 nuclear blast.
Abrupt walkout by Moranbong Band underscores to Chinese the mercurial nature of North Korea.
Secretive state that once sold narcotics for hard currency sees domestic drug use spiral but can't admit the problem.
While old-style rhetoric continues, Pyongyang in practice plays up comparative advantages in cheap labor and coal.
Even the modest political relaxation of reform-era China appears unlikely to occur in North Korea.
Confidence about North Korea's economy appears to breed indifference about drawing aid and support from abroad.
Farmers better prepared to meet food needs than during 1990s famine, while neighbors ready to aid Pyongyang.
Reports emanating from North Korea indicate an expected economic transformation has at best been postponed, at worst, cancelled entirely
North Korea, with little to sell to the world, is unlikely to follow Iran's path out of isolation.
Farmers' response to rules allowing them to keep more of harvest could spur output growth seen in late-1970s China.
Pyongyang needs cash and Seoul wants to reassure South Koreans that ties are stable, a North Korea expert says.
Improving relations will be based only on reciprocity and mutual benefit, a North Korea expert says.
But stricter social controls may not be enough to keep the country's people in line, a North Korea expert says.
Foreign languages and computer skills will become highly valued in the future.
Businesspeople are making money running restaurants, stores, mining operations and trucking companies.
It is difficult for the average North Korean even if they have money, says a North Korea expert.
A North Korea expert says it is too early to tell what will happen, but signs are positive.
It is an open secret that the Supreme People's Assembly is the least influential legislative body in the world.
North Koreans have been raised to fear offending their leaders, a North Korea expert says.
Despite frustrations over Pyongyang's behavior, China wants the regime to survive, a North Korea expert says.