North Korean agents in China to catch defectors allegedly smuggled drugs when they entered the country.
Companies continue to use South Korean machinery to make products to be smuggled to China and other countries.
North Korean regime cracks down on women learning Chinese, accusing them of preparing to defect.
Controversial religion spreads to the capital city through trade workers.
NGO says Beijing is legally obligated to help the seven because they could be tortured upon return.
North Korean migrants driven to suicide by harsh conditions and inability to save money.
Prices usually spike prior to the barley harvest, but this year only slightly increase.
Fellow inmates have likened the killer of an abusive guard to an admired anti-Japan independence fighter.
With the economy hard hit by sanctions, more North Koreans are taking out high-interest loans.
Experts warn U.S. not to give concessions to Pyongyang or match its provocative moves.
Hungry kids drop out of school to peddle charcoal at dawn.
Doan Thi Huong is freed nearly two months after her Indonesian co-defendant was released from Malaysian custody.
Hospitals for political elites take bribes from commoners for better care.
Defectors’ family members and famous defector Thae Yong-ho present at rally.
Defector group arrested last week near Shenyang includes nine-year-old girl.
Residents resentful that loans aren’t made to companies that would improve their lives.
Putin says North Korea needs security guarantees from the U.S., hints at six-party talk revival.
Respondents report increases in employment, wages and job security compared to 2017.
Preschools meant to prevent mothers from ‘using their kids as an excuse’ not to work.
Forced to give monthly ‘offerings’ to the regime and unable to save any money, the Vladivostok worker jumped to his death.
Weapons test allows Kim Jong Un to nudge the US without actually testing prohibited weapons
Regime attempts to raise leader to the same status as Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.
UN sanctions on Pyongyang’s nuclear program make legitimate imports illegal.
As seeds aren’t subject to sanctions, secrecy raises questions and complicates the task.
Seoul, Washington differ on level of economic sanctions to keep on Pyongyang.
Some observers see a resumption of public executions, but it is unclear to what degree they were halted.
Authorities ban deep sea fishing on small wooden boats east of the Korean peninsula.
Goods made more valuable by sanctions spell big money for cross-border operations.
Campaign aimed at eliminating dissent over regime’s failures.
The ship is accused of twice transferring diesel fuel to North Korean vessels at sea in defiance of UN sanctions.