Trucks now run empty to the border with China and charge reduced rates for carrying goods on the return trip.
Defense attorney presents photo showing Kim with an alleged intelligence agent in a resort hotel.
Washington also proposes more multilateral sanctions at the UN to target coal and oil smuggling by the Kim Jong Un regime.
United Nations sanctions require countries to send back North Koreans abroad who earn hard cash for the rogue regime.
Defense continues cross examination of lead investigator in murder of North Korean dictator’s estranged brother.
Wealthy citizens and high-ranking officials are increasingly converting their Chinese yuan to greenbacks.
Requisitions of rice, corn, and fruit for holiday gifts for schoolchildren and party executives reduce supply, drive up cost.
The move comes as Pyongyang fears embarrassing defections during the Winter Olympics in rival South Korea.
Siti Aisyah met with a North Korean suspect in Phnom Penh weeks before the assassination.
While host South Korea hopes for dialogue and deals, the US calls for maximum pressure on the North.
Sources say the order is meant to avoid any ‘incident’ during the sensitive event on the eve of the Winter Olympics in South Korea.
Residents of North Hamgyong province are fed up with contributing food and money for the schemes.
Authorities are setting up Russian-made radio locators along the border with China.
Statement appears to support defense claims that the two Southeast Asian women were duped into believing they were performing for a TV show.
Sources say the tests and spending on showcase projects have left little money to govern.
The celebration honoring the founding of the nation’s army will take place the day before the start of the Winter Olympics in South Korea.
Trial resumes for Southeast Asian women accused of murdering the half-brother of North Korea’s dictator.
Even small businesses suffer as customs controls are tightened along the countries' shared border.
Area residents must pay the costs of labor and materials to build the facilities, sources say.
In his annual New Year’s Day address, leader Kim Jong Un says those who threaten Korean-style socialism must be rooted out.
More than 20 border-area residents have been captured after crossing, or trying to cross, into China in recent days.
The Central Committee orders authorities to spread the word among citizens that China is a ‘thousand-year-old enemy.’
He takes poison before he can be questioned on the reasons for his escape, a North Korean source says.
Sources say Mongolia will comply with UN resolutions to avoid driving away foreign investment.
Dash through fog marks the 15th North Korea this year to defect directly to the south across the land border or by sea.
Pressure to earn foreign currency for Pyongyang drives the market in banned wildlife products.
The move reflects growing tensions, as China joins in with international sanctions trying to pressure Pyongyang.
Countries in region are committed to upholding U.N. Security Council resolutions, senior American diplomat says.
Move is seen as an effort to make it easier to import or smuggle goods from China as sanctions bite.
Top American diplomat says US open “to talk anytime” North wants, but White House says time not ripe.