Harsh sentence signals more scrutiny for the Hwagyo community.
NGO directed 13 refugees through China and Southeast Asia to safety using mobile phones last month.
Sources suspect the new cards are a plot to figure out who has fled the country.
Government inspectors and military officials alike gripe about supply and personnel shortages as they try to whip the military into shape.
Critics say deportation was unconstitutional and possibly in violation of international law.
Latest incident leaves locals fearful of soldiers working at state-managed construction zone.
Survey by South Korean university asks 116 refugees to state reasons for Pyongyang’s economic problems.
Confections are sold at 10 times the cost of their raw materials in cash-grab at expense of grains.
People dislike being mobilized or forced to donate supplies to prepare for the supreme leader’s frequent visits.
Crackdown forces smugglers doing business with Chinese to lay low, as inflow of contraband comes to a halt.
Pyongyang claims it is HIV and AIDS-free, but U.S. journal says 8,300 or more in the country live with the disease.
Citizens can’t believe Kim spoke negatively about previous leaders and trade officials worry that bulldozing buildings will scare off Chinese investors in other projects.
Experts say Kim’s move is another ‘nail in the coffin’ for inter-Korean relations.
Workers must return home by the end of the year, but Pyongyang wants every last yuan they can get out of them.
Two-month journey took them through China, Vietnam on the way to a chance for haven in South Korea.
Sources say the authorities are selling out the country’s mineral wealth for a quick fix to the country’s power shortage problems.
Report shows that North Korea’s 'Arduous March had lasting effects on children well into the 2010s.
Citizens say empty stadium was either strategy or censorship.
North Korea forbade foreign media coverage, a South Korean cheering delegation, and even fans for the home team.
Yearly manure collection mission requires each household turn in eight tons.
As Pyongyang is unable to export coal to China, an abundance of coal on the domestic market keeps prices low.
Trade representative says repeated weapons tests show regime is desperate.
Women wearing wrinkle-free pants get in wrinkles with actual fashion police.
Sources suspect Chinese banks and the government cooperate with the agent to send money into North Korea.
Authorities accept bribes to look the other way as potentially unsafe pig feed pours across Sino-Korean border.
Sources report that the travel initiative is a plan intended to enhance Sino-Korean relations
Rather than taking precautions, farmers in the North still struggle to meet meat quotas.
Mun Chol Myong faces extradition to the U.S. on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to launder money.
Residents of Vladivostok report that North Korean migrants have no choice but to endure the abuse because of their lack of legal status.
Regime wants to know if they watched a South Korean film about 1980 Gwangju Uprising.