The Chinese-made gadget is now a target as Pyongyang begins to confiscate what may be the country's most popular electronic consumer device.
They are cautious in speaking about the news, at the same time envying diplomat Tae Yong Ho for fleeing to South Korea.
Andrei Lankov predicts Pyongyang won't be able to stop elite defections because leader Kim Jong Un has executed people formerly immune from such punishment.
At least for the wealthy, the cash that flows across the Yalu River underpins life in Sinuiju.
Before he defected, sources say, Tae Yong Ho oversaw the monitoring of defectors.
Pyongyang labels its supplements as 'restorative drinks' and 'nutritional supplements," but there are questions about what they actually are.
Officials are signing up those previously exempted from compulsory military service to counter the effects of a shortage of recruits due to the country’s decreasing birth rate.
South Korean company Samsung gave athletes the phones to carry during the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics.
Managers supply methamphetamines to forced laborers on a showcase construction project.
Invasive searches are becoming a cost of doing business with Pyongyang as the government increases border security.
The going price is about U.S. $15 a month for each North Korean worker who gets a position in a Chinese business, one source says.
Bullying behavior by diplomats seeking to kill unfavorable stories and promote a positive image is having little effect, sources say.
Local residents say five North Koreans had gone on an armed robbery spree, and three remain at large.
The practice is illegal, as beef is reserved for the country's elites and cows are needed on the farms.
China's need for agricultural workers makes it profitable for North Korean laborers to make the risky crossing.
Cross-border traders report confiscations of goods bearing cross-like designs.
Authorities fear the movies' historical themes critical of corruption and political misrule may be taken to heart.
A report by a group that exposes international organized crime finds that diplomatic involvement in the illicit activity has gone largely undetected and unreported.
In a country with too little food, high-ranking officials are likely abetting the bootleg pork trade with China.
Thousands are forced to work till late at night on a showcase project, with many sleeping at the work site.
The reclusive country needs advanced technology from abroad because it can’t develop its own.
North Korea expert Andrei Lankov says that sanctions don't work when a leader can ignore the views of his country's people.
Authorities have opened the tunnel to motorists even though they have not completed construction.
Kim Jong Un among 16 senior Pyongyang officials blacklisted as Washington tightens the screws on North Korea.
The desire to get their children into a good university and dissatisfaction with state education are leading some to get outside schooling
Mass defection of regime-run restaurant staff to South Korea spurs ideological tightening that inconveniences workers and employers
Many are killed in falls or by heart attacks or endemic disease, one expert says.
Installing the 'Red Star' operating system and solving information technology problems puts money in the pockets of the technologically savvy.
Authorities are no longer letting residents obtain documents to travel to China to visit family members or conduct private business.
The soldiers, who are told to disguise their identity, are increasingly replacing North Korean civilians sent abroad to work.