Citizens hopeful for removal of sanctions, better relations with Seoul, Washington.
Perks and prestige have declined for officers as nation shifts focus to economic development.
The laptops are much in demand by officials and students in Pyongsong city, North Korean sources say.
Authorities fear Moon Jae-in may now be favored in popularity over Kim Jong Un, sources say.
A ‘special investigative team’ is deployed to jam and locate the devices during the sensitive meeting.
One analyst said the Pyongyang agreements were "modest but sufficient" to move US-North Korea talks forward.
Authorities tighten security in the capital as talks between Kim Jong Un and South Korean president Moon Jae-in get under way.
The money was taken from cash gifts offered to North Koreans by their South Korean relatives, sources say.
This year's performances highlight the 'long-term' friendship between North Korea and China.
Park Jin Hyuk hacked for North Korea's government or ruling party, the U.S. Treasury Department says.
Many had watched the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, in which North Korea placed poorly.
Authorities profit from the trade in mushrooms meant to raise funds for Pyongyang, sources say.
The move violatesUN sanctions on the export of seafood for badly needed foreign cash.
Exhausted by rehearsals for a national holiday, many show anger at being forced to take part, sources say.
The sanctions-hit regime is using the event to entice traders and entrepreneurs to pump money into the country.
Nonconforming fashions and hairstyles are forbidden, with youth groups sent out to force compliance.
Date has not been set for trial of Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong to resume.
Business trips, group tours to the capital are blocked until Sept. 5, sources say.
Trading firms rush to sell abandoned stocks amid speculation the jointly operated industrial park may soon reopen.
Export is strictly banned under UN sanctions forcing Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons program.
New concerns over product safety are leading to a preference for hard-to-afford medicines made in South Korea.
Defying sanctions, China has made gifts to Pyongyang of generators and exclusive hydropower rights on the Yalu River, sources say.
Treatment of the badges as commodities threatens leaders' 'absolute authority,' authorities say.
The Central Committee calls the weapons a ‘precious legacy’ of the country’s late leaders.
Pyongyang forms a special group to carry out surprise inspections of regular units and units on the border.
More than 2 million are forced to work without pay, most of them for the country's regime, a report says.
Only the children of high-ranking officials or wealthier families do not have to work, one source says.
Gooi Soon Seng, an attorney for Indonesian Siti Aisyah, says case against her is weak.
The campaign has forced private karaoke bars to operate underground, sources say.
Even those on work visas in China are told to return home to mark the anniversary or pay massive fines.