Defying sanctions, China has made gifts to Pyongyang of generators and exclusive hydropower rights on the Yalu River, sources say.
Treatment of the badges as commodities threatens leaders' 'absolute authority,' authorities say.
The Central Committee calls the weapons a ‘precious legacy’ of the country’s late leaders.
Pyongyang forms a special group to carry out surprise inspections of regular units and units on the border.
More than 2 million are forced to work without pay, most of them for the country's regime, a report says.
Only the children of high-ranking officials or wealthier families do not have to work, one source says.
Gooi Soon Seng, an attorney for Indonesian Siti Aisyah, says case against her is weak.
The campaign has forced private karaoke bars to operate underground, sources say.
Even those on work visas in China are told to return home to mark the anniversary or pay massive fines.
Security agents are cracking down on those who leave their registered residences to prevent others from doing the same.