Authorities meanwhile deny the problem exists, locking up those who complain in a local mental hospital.
Burdened by severe workloads, officials prize medicines made in the South, fearing the side effects of Chinese-made pills more commonly available.
Many North Koreans complain the launches are expensive and cost money better spent on food.
Other soldiers who had bribed their company commander were approved ahead of him, one source says.
Arrested in various parts of China, they are being held in northeastern China's Liaoning province before their forced return.
Citizens suspect that the propaganda focus on helping rural areas signals trying times ahead.
Authorities fire six doctors but the public remains enraged at the country’s corrupt medical system.
Tire company trades logs to China for rubber in a show of ‘self-reliance.’
Under cover of night, soldier crosses Imjin river into South Korea in first such defection since 2010.
Local sources say Chinese companies are teaming up to sell gas in large quantities across the border.
As Hyesan’s smugglers struggle, markets have nothing to sell and real estate prices crash.
At the Pyongyang House nightclub in Yanji’s Pyongyang Ryugyong hotel, young North Korean women work to supply the regime with foreign cash.
Judge rejected Mun Chol Myong's request for bail despite arguments from attorneys that he was not a flight risk.
U.S. State Department says report shows Huawei’s links to “malign foreign actors.”
Russian employers exploit workers’ visa status, holding pay in case they don’t return from visa runs.
Parents are looking to borrow money for bribes to bail out their children.
Lectures aimed at discouraging defections target women living close to the border with the South.
Ordinary citizens resentful that elites can spend thousands of dollars on luxury items in a single day.