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.’
He takes poison before he can be questioned on the reasons for his escape, a North Korean source says.
Sources say Mongolia will comply with UN resolutions to avoid driving away foreign investment.
Dash through fog marks the 15th North Korea this year to defect directly to the south across the land border or by sea.
Pressure to earn foreign currency for Pyongyang drives the market in banned wildlife products.
The move reflects growing tensions, as China joins in with international sanctions trying to pressure Pyongyang.
Countries in region are committed to upholding U.N. Security Council resolutions, senior American diplomat says.
Move is seen as an effort to make it easier to import or smuggle goods from China as sanctions bite.
Top American diplomat says US open “to talk anytime” North wants, but White House says time not ripe.
Thefts of devices holding sensitive information prompt the government order, issued in September.
Finding life difficult in South Korea, they go back to North Korea and identify others with contacts in the South.
Angered by reports of wrongdoing, Kim Jong Un cracks down on wealthy North Koreans with ties to government officials.
They work out of newly opened 'branches' of state-linked firms in an effort to increase trade volume in the sanctions-hit country.
But some observers say the trajectory of the launch was crafted to avoid a military provocation.
Washington adds pressure a day after Pyongyang was put back on a blacklist of state terrorism sponsors.
Andrei Lankov sees little direct impact on North Korea from latest U.S. move -- unless China starts fully enforcing sanctions.
Move is seen as a way to increase pressure on North Korea to help the U.S. and it allies address Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions.
Birth control is restricted in order to produce more 'socialist workers' in the politically isolated country.
The U.S., meanwhile, designates North Korea as state-sponsor of terrorism.
Tobacco products, some produced in joint ventures with Chinese firms, are smuggled and sold across Asia, sources say.