Shipment of cooking oil burns with massive black smoke columns at Sinuiju, but the cause is yet to be determined.
The workers were sent to Russia to earn foreign currency for Pyongyang, and are thought be trying to reach South Korea.
Residents say making scapegoats out of senior officials will not solve any problems with the country’s overwhelmed medical system.
Authorities pledged severe punishment, but some brokers skated with relatively light “reeducation” sentences.
After the start of the school year was postponed three times to June 1, schools are closing only one month later.
Trader says shortages of key goods will be met by “unofficial trade” on terms that favor China.
Workers must ride out quarantine eating only rice and kimchi.
Seventy years after North Korean founder Kim Il Sung (1912-94) launched the June 25, 1950 surprise attack on South Korea that sparked the Korean War, Kim’s grandchildren, Kim Jong Un and his younger sister Kim Yo Jong, are in charge in Pyongyang – and embroiled in conflict with Seoul and Washington over nuclear weapons and economic sanctions.
Two factories employing tens of thousands shut down after workers develop symptoms.
Signe Poulsen says South Korea should meet with civil society and other stakeholders about launching leaflets to the North.
Ships carrying rice and corn from Dandong to Nampo labeled as “construction materials.”
Caught up in Pyongyang’s anger at activist exiles in South Korea, many are trapped by coronavirus rules.
Families with relatives in South Korea are widely thought to be better off.
Security officials extract pledges of secrecy from witnesses, but word of the balloons spreads anyway.
North Korea watchers in Seoul see series of escalatory steps aimed at getting U.S. attention.
Sources say they are envious of former citizens now living in the South.
South Korean opposition party defends leaflet campaigns as government in Seoul moves to stop them.
With birth certificates required to receive aid, children are punished for the sins of their parents.
Kim Yo Jong, sister of Kim Jong Un, calls leaflet launchers “human scum” in recognition that puzzles some in North.
Many find the work too hard, though, and shirk their jobs or find other ways to be of help.
Sarcastic phrase becomes common gibe among trendy North Korean people.
Government says the spread of ‘capitalist’ media is influencing high school students to commit ‘treasonous’ acts in the bedroom.
In a country short of protective supplies, authorities have ordered hygiene measures but not provided resources.
Wife’s brother had escaped to South Korea without his son, and asked his sister to reunite them in the South.
South Korean experts notice mythification of the Kim Dynasty shifting towards the realistic.
South Korea says North Korea is headed for a grain shortage this year.
Desperate as sources of income dry up, some vendors have brawled with the police.
The campaign is aimed at rooting out popular South Korean elements from the North’s youth culture.
Other ports remain closed due to COVID-19, giving military a monopoly on sea trade.
Residents do not know why the city is on lockdown, but suspect Kim Jong Un might visit soon.