Satellite images show enlarged re-education camp No. 12, probably to take in women repatriated from China.
The soldiers selected for the squads are participating in simulated training exercises with dummy bombs.
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.