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.
Garlic, chili peppers, and other staples are bought cheaply in China and sold for higher prices at home.
They risk torture and abuse if sent back, the father who fled North Korea ahead of his family two years ago says.
Investigator admits North Korean suspect’s clothing was not subjected to chemical analysis.
They harvest radish leaves and sweet potato stems for re-export to South Korea by way of China, sources say.
Motive in killing was “more political than anything else,” defense attorneys say.
New system, aimed at combating waste from inaccurate pricing, is to be applied in other cities
For first time, witness identifies four male suspects as North Koreans.
Pyongyang dodges UN sanctions by declaring that coal and other goods come from Russia and China, sources say.
Traders are left hanging in the wind by cash-strapped state-owned firms in North Korea.
Nation reviewing ties with Pyongyang, Najib Razak tells parliament.
But the cost of tiling a private home is enough to feed a family of four for five months.
The camps are set up for criminal rather than political offenders, but brutal conditions prevail.
Investigator names one man, believed to be North Korean, as mastermind of attack.
Prosecutors to show video recordings of two male suspects on Thursday.
North Koreans with relatives in China say they are being forced to go and bring back cash.
Two women on trial complain of fatigue and are pushed around in wheelchairs.
Thai stadium and kick-off time have yet to be determined, football officials say.
Three defense ministers issue a joint statement on margins of ASEAN meeting near Manila.
Pyongyang portion of Asian Cup qualifier was postponed repeatedly after Kim Jong Nam’s assassination in Malaysia.
The four are believed to have directed the murder plot, and are still at large, police say.
They evade tightened border controls by using an unguarded route to cross the Tumen river, sources say.
It remains unclear whether marble and granite are included on a list of banned exports under current United Nations sanctions.
After viewing nerve agent-tainted shirts worn by suspects, defense claims victim’s blazer is missing.
Use of illegally seized assets by North Korea likely to anger South Korea, while sanctions could make it hard for the North to export the textiles.
Chemist’s testimony offers strongest evidence linking defendants to the airport killing.