But sales of Taedonggang beer are limited to stores that carry products for the Korean communities in two cities in Liaoning province.
Removal of a national symbol looks like a protest against the dictatorship.
Police in North Hamgyong province stop and fine drivers for a wide range of infractions, sources say.
Closures come after deputy health minister finds multiple problems at clinics in Dar es Salaam following RFA investigation.
The move will further reduce the profits earned by store managers, adding to central government revenue.
They avoid paying rent by helping Chinese partners make contacts for trade across the border.
New, tough U.N. sanctions against the country for its recent nuclear test and rocket launch have prompted the move.