Washington also proposes more multilateral sanctions at the UN to target coal and oil smuggling by the Kim Jong Un regime.
Requisitions of rice, corn, and fruit for holiday gifts for schoolchildren and party executives reduce supply, drive up cost.
The move comes as Pyongyang fears embarrassing defections during the Winter Olympics in rival South Korea.
Siti Aisyah met with a North Korean suspect in Phnom Penh weeks before the assassination.
While host South Korea hopes for dialogue and deals, the US calls for maximum pressure on the North.
Sources say the order is meant to avoid any ‘incident’ during the sensitive event on the eve of the Winter Olympics in South Korea.
Residents of North Hamgyong province are fed up with contributing food and money for the schemes.
Authorities are setting up Russian-made radio locators along the border with China.
Statement appears to support defense claims that the two Southeast Asian women were duped into believing they were performing for a TV show.
Sources say the tests and spending on showcase projects have left little money to govern.
The celebration honoring the founding of the nation’s army will take place the day before the start of the Winter Olympics in South Korea.
Trial resumes for Southeast Asian women accused of murdering the half-brother of North Korea’s dictator.
Even small businesses suffer as customs controls are tightened along the countries' shared border.
Area residents must pay the costs of labor and materials to build the facilities, sources say.
In his annual New Year’s Day address, leader Kim Jong Un says those who threaten Korean-style socialism must be rooted out.
More than 20 border-area residents have been captured after crossing, or trying to cross, into China in recent days.
The Central Committee orders authorities to spread the word among citizens that China is a ‘thousand-year-old enemy.’