Many citizens who were of school age during the 1990s famine never learned to read.
Smugglers sold gold worth some $6.5 million at the Chinese border in five separate incidents since September.
Mines aimed at preventing citizens from escaping to China.
Citizens complain that the government should not encourage childbirth during economic crisis.
Experts predict more emphasis on human rights in Washington’s North Korea policy.
Opposition lawmaker Ji Seong-ho says Seoul has a responsibility to help North Korean refugees abroad.
Authorities punish small-scale alcohol brewing, calling it a waste of grain.
Residents scoff at environmental protection measures when faced with harsh Siberian weather.
Residents say that the law could be used to arbitrarily punish anyone.
Residents of Ryanggang province who visited Hyesan on Nov. 1 must self-quarantine for 20 days.
Ethnic Chinese living in North Korea encouraged to apply for exit visas to visit China.
Residents desperate to even gather wilted cabbage leaves and radish stems discarded after harvest.
What was once provided for free now commands 1/10 of its weight in food.
Rushed work by untrained troops caused two explosions in the country’s northeast.
Coronavirus has sapped trade workers’ incomes, yet they must pay hefty fee to Pyongyang.
Government orders all citizens to wear coronavirus masks publicly, but only if they are “legitimately’ produced.
Experts say border closures in China brought on by coronavirus caused the dramatic decline.
Lectures blame continued border closure on South Korean conspiracy to introduce coronavirus to the North.