Ri Jong Ho, formerly of the secretive Office 39, told VOA that tighter sanctions could cause a repeat of the mid-1990s famine and financial crisis
Analysts see political purpose in latest provocation: a calculated signal to Washington, Seoul and Tokyo that Kim regime not interested in diplomacy, and will not stop its weapons tests
South Korean president says he must consent to any military action against Pyongyang, but military experts say US has 'authority, capability and responsibility' for self-defense
Ri Jong Ho describes new restrictions as 'perhaps the strongest sanctions ever imposed on Pyongyang'
Apparent disintegration of heat shield near end of missile's flight suggests Pyongyang has more work to do, according to experts
Robert King King says he supports a travel ban that restricts all recreational travel to the communist country but allows those made for humanitarian activities
‘I never thought such atrocities and brutality could happen in the socialist system,’ says Ri Jong Ho, who witnessed deaths by machine gun
If continued, economic sanctions will erode Pyongyang’s grip on power, senior-level North Korean defector Ri Jong Ho tells VOA Korean
Days after Pyongyang's latest missile launch, North Korea has no apparent interest in reconciliation with new South Korean government, or in showing any diplomatic flexibility
Sunday launch is 'much more concerning than satellite launches' because test represents 'level of performance never before seen from North Korean missile'
Agricultural specialist Kim Hak-song was working at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology but failed to arrive home in China as expected, his wife says
Although a 1961 treaty pledges China’s aid if North Korea is attacked, China may accept a pre-emptive U.S. strike if it aligns with Beijing’s interests
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's recently claimed that preparations for launching an intercontinental ballistic missile had 'reached the final stage'
Two US citizens face years in North Korean prisons, cut off from US
Diplomats sell liquor on Pakistan black market
UK-based rights group last year reported Poland as one of nearly 20 countries that engages in controversial practice of hosting North Korean laborers
Kenneth Bae, 47, a South Korean-born naturalized US citizen, was arrested in Rason, a city in North Korea's northeast, in November 2012
International Peace Foundation — which promotes peace through science — hopes weeklong event inspires country’s younger generation and strengthens ‘international understanding by building long-term bridges’
North Korea’s latest long-range rocket launch is raising concerns in the United States and its allies that the communist country is moving forward with its ballistic missile program
Announcement of plans to launch satellite raises concerns in US and beyond of secret efforts to test long-range missile