But authorities fail to curb North Koreans' growing use of cell phones to keep in touch with relatives in the South.
Malaysian official had expressed concern over possibility of poisoning of players by sabotage, if match played in Pyongyang.
Rights groups say heavier penalties means fewer guards offering to help flee the country.
Kim Jong Un’s government rewards them with more food and better housing.
Malaysia will play North Korea in Pyongyang on June 8, Asian Football Confederation announces.
Liberal advocate of dialogue with North Korea may have trouble turning back clock to 'Sunshine Policy' days.
Sources say the move could come as early as May and would seriously affect the North’s economy.
Chinese firms supply needed fertilizer and seed in return for crops that can be sold for high profits in the fall.
The younger generation regularly mocks the Kim regime and its politics.
Offered bribes are no longer a steady source of supplemental income.
The lecturer is the third American held by Pyongyang amid rising tensions with Washington.
Seven members of three families take guards' guns, throw magazines in Tumen River before fleeing on April 15.
Defense attorneys accuse police of holding back vital evidence after letting North Korean suspects go home.
The move follows other measures taken to show Beijng's anger over a security move targeting North Korea's weapons program.
Sources say customs officials are hunting for illicit cash smuggled in North Korean trucks.
They are heard saying that money spent on weapons tests would be better used for civilian needs.
Authorities believe the gadgets will prevent guards from crossing the border to commit crimes, sleeping on the job, and assisting defectors.
Citizens’ lives were on the line in dispute around Kim Jong Nam’s murder, they say.
Censorship and steep fees deter them, despite the impact on their business.
Khalid Abu Bakar says he is “satisfied” with statements given by three men to police before they left the country.
They have taken over some of the powers of the state security agency as it deals with fallout from the ouster of a top official.
Foreign businessmen and other visitors pay top dollar to sing and dance with young and pretty female employees.
Nine Malaysians who were stuck in Pyongyang can return home following negotiations, prime minister announces.
The remains of the slain half-brother of North Korea's leader were not cremated, S. Subramaniam says.
Even the adjusted targets are hard to meet, though, as international sanctions affect foreign trade.
The top floors of many buildings are empty or inhabited by homeless children.
Local offices of the State Security Agency demand goods in exchange for the issuance of travel certificates.
Most see the emergency orders and drills as business as usual, sources in the country say.
Siegfried Hecker says denuclearization is a long-term project that takes a back seat to avoid deliberate or accidental detonation.
Meanwhile, Deputy PM reveals DNA samples were collected abroad from the victim’s son.