The Chinese have always made the crossing: historically for trade, more recently for tourism. In May 2013, the North Korean city of Sinuiju opened up to westerners for the first time.
Even the communists know that the old way of doing things isn't cutting it any more.
It now appears that the story about Kim Jong-Un's uncle being executed by a pack of 120 ravenous dogs can be traced back to a Weibo post by a Chinese satirist.
Regular blood transfusions and five-year-olds doing "adorable" things aimed to help the North Korean dictator become the world's oldest man.
Does North Korea's anger at Switzerland's refusal to supply ski lifts for the country's first luxury ski resort suggest that stricter sanctions could work?
North Korean leader's "mystery woman" is a formerly married pop star.
10 countries stand out as barring international media, a report published today finds.
In 17 December 2011, more than a dozen North Korean defectors at the Hanawon resettlement centre, an hour's drive south of Seo
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