Keeping elites in the capital healthy is the government’s priority, sources say.
Residents suspicious because hospitals usually don't handle cremation.
Many residents rely on smuggling for their living, but authorities redefine it as treasonous.
They thought Pyongyang and Washington would strike a deal for sanctions relief, but now they just want their money back.
North Korean refugees living in South Korea see Thae Yong Ho’s candidacy as a ray of hope.
Cross-border trade is suspended, so traders forced to borrow living expenses, while workers have no jobs with no goods coming in.
Terminal TB patients in the hospital can be highly contagious, but the repatriated North Koreans must ride out coronavirus there.
Government throws caution to the wind as it needs foreign currency, sources say.
The isolated people are forced to pay for their own food and lodging.
Traders try to smuggle South Korean masks as government tightens border control.
Sources say the group of 15 included government officials, possibly with secret information.
News of confirmed infections spreads over WeChat in Chinese cities near the North Korean border.
Traders spread rumors about the ‘new deadly Wuhan pneumonia,’ scaring many residents.
Beijing looks the other way as North Korean workers stay past sanctions deadline.
Sources say the policy provides funds for government use and tightens control over citizens.
Every workplace employing North Koreans now has an assigned overseer.
Hwagyo are foreign citizens and have traditionally been exempt, but that is now changing.
Increasing numbers of poor people are offering their services as servants to the rich, overcrowding the domestic labor market.
Sources suspect sanctions-banned construction materials are smuggled across the border.
Sources say news outlets have decided not to hide facts that Pyongyangers already know about.
North Korean government tells people to use self-reliance to get through sanctions.
Vladivostok’s North Korean restaurant workers did not return home, reported for work on New Year’s Day.
Perplexed sources in China say there is no food crisis across the Yalu.