Export is strictly banned under UN sanctions forcing Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons program.
New concerns over product safety are leading to a preference for hard-to-afford medicines made in South Korea.
Defying sanctions, China has made gifts to Pyongyang of generators and exclusive hydropower rights on the Yalu River, sources say.
Treatment of the badges as commodities threatens leaders' 'absolute authority,' authorities say.
The Central Committee calls the weapons a ‘precious legacy’ of the country’s late leaders.
Pyongyang forms a special group to carry out surprise inspections of regular units and units on the border.
More than 2 million are forced to work without pay, most of them for the country's regime, a report says.
Only the children of high-ranking officials or wealthier families do not have to work, one source says.
Gooi Soon Seng, an attorney for Indonesian Siti Aisyah, says case against her is weak.
The campaign has forced private karaoke bars to operate underground, sources say.
Even those on work visas in China are told to return home to mark the anniversary or pay massive fines.
Security agents are cracking down on those who leave their registered residences to prevent others from doing the same.
They say CCTV systems are necessary to prevent thefts which drain companies and can drive them out of business.
Trial of two women accused of killing Kim Jong Nam resumes after nearly three months.
Families hold onto remains, including uniforms and dog tags, found on battlefields across the country, sources say.
The teens, many of them students, work 12-hour days for half of what adult coworkers earn, sources say.
Numbers of those kidnapped differ in North Korean and Japanese statements, and some may still be held.
Sources say the reduced monitoring has facilitated the smuggling of restricted goods.
Prime Minister commends North Korean leader’s “new attitude,” calls for pursuing good relations with Pyongyang.
North Korea merely reaffirms an earlier commitment to denuclearizing, with no specific timetable.
US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un make history by meeting, but doubts hang over any nuclear deal.
Authorities want to prevent possible disorder inside the isolated country during the key talks in Singapore.
Controls by China relax after Kim Jong Un and Xi Jinping meet in March and May.
The letter comes five days before US President Donald Trump meets with Kim Jong Un in Singapore.
State Security agents are pressuring family members to convince their relatives to return home.
Authorities are watching citizens for signs of prohibited money and movies from the South.
The domestic propaganda campaign includes phrasing that indicates Pyongyang will not give up its nuclear capabilities.
Meanwhile, most North Koreans are unaware the talks were even cancelled.
Gone With The Wind, with its themes of civil war and hardship, is a particular favorite, one source says.
Few believe summit meetings with rival South Korea and the US will improve their lives, sources say.