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.
North Korea’s citizens are not allowed to freely visit the capital, but many sneak in anyway.
South Korea puts the number of workers sent overseas by the North at 70,000-100,000.
Repatriating migrants in Russia vow to return next year, while China allows more North Koreans to enter.
Security Council resolution requires that all North Korean workers return home by Dec. 22.
In new HRNK report Digital Trenches, Martyn Williams shows how North Korea is fighting the spread of information emboldened by advances in technology.
Experts say they are trying to push back at U.S. policies towards them, and are also trying to “placate Pyongyang.”
Chinese authorities are mounting a crackdown on North Korean fisheries products.
Judge Rohatul Akmar Abdullah says Mun Chol Myong has 15 days to appeal the ruling.
Computer science students edited foreign porn videos and sold them on flash drives
Wealthy suspected of using stockpiles of ill-gotten funds to acquire bounty of foreign goods they likely intend to resell.
Others warn that not holding Pyongyang accountable on human rights issues compromises U.S. values.
Extraditing Mun Chol Myong to the United States would violate his rights, defense lawyer says.
Kim visited for the third time in 2019 for the opening ceremony of a new town in the massive tourist zone.
Government uses disabled children and athletes for propaganda.
Drill occurred on Saturday, the ninth anniversary of the last major inter-Korean skirmish, at Yeonpyeong island.
Sources say Chinese authorities are less likely to bust seafood smugglers this year.
Eyeglasses made in South Korea are seen as higher quality than more easily procured Chinese or North Korean ones.
Workers must pay their own way home, and trains are cheaper than flights.
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.