Problems may be local rather than due to central government policy, though.
The cost for a vacation has shifted to cash, highlighting differences between the haves and have-nots.
The facility has built seven vessels since the beginning of the year, sources say.
Some of the money is funneled upward to buy protection from higher-level cadres.
People say that the lookalike products made by individuals—not factories—are less expensive and offer better quality.
Three women were put to death for using their cell phones to distribute copies of a banned South Korean soap opera.
Many students, their parents and teachers believe such trading activities are safer than shopping in dodgy black markets.
Many are forced to work in unsafe conditions and have not been paid for months, sources say.
Chinese citizens along the border say their phones can't be used in cases of emergency.
Sources say producers seek to capitalize on the country’s failing health care system.
Methamphetamine consumption has resulted in widespread criminal and antisocial behavior, sources say.
Kim Jong Un orders troops to raise pigs, cultivate soybeans to address shortages of food.
Emboldened by the regime's 'Military First' policy, soldiers carry out raids on farms to take what they want.
Sources say South Korean culture is spreading in the North, despite the regime’s best efforts.
Harsher punishments are ordered after several recently pardoned North Koreans escaped with their families into China.
Presidents Obama, Park also vow to press for accountability for Pyongyang’s human rights abuses.
But sources say farmer rations will suffer as local authorities struggle to meet expectations.
Leader Kim Jong Un hopes the measure will reverse the country’s low birth rate.
Restrictions on travel in the reclusive, nuclear-armed state now extend also to government workers and officials.
Sources say the group will likely impact North Koreans who subsist on smuggling.
The vandalism reflects popular anger at burdens imposed in advance of the celebrations, sources say.
Sources say the order is meant to preempt disturbances during the event.
Authorities demand contributions as pressure mounts to complete city projects.
Sources say late diagnosis and costly drugs have led to deaths and crippling complications.
A widow in Yanggang province is demanding that officials return the corpse of her son who died in jail.
Sources say the payments are now four months in arrears.
U.S. NGO report reveals growing space to incarcerate women in country’s political prison camps.
UN sanctions monitors say the vessel belongs to a blacklisted shipping firm.
Citizens are up in arms with leader Kim Jong Un’s directives to make them pay cash and in-kind contributions, calling him a “vampire.”
Sources say residents are ashamed of their own country’s events in comparison.