By all accounts, North Korea’s cash-strapped economy is flagging under crippling international sanctions and the slowdown means the traditional elite and a rising merchant class may be feeling pinched, experts say.
Ship carrying coal transferred from suspected North Korean vessel now detained by Malaysia
South Korean President Moon Jae-in failed to move the US position on sanctions, which may cost him credibility with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un
Experts: sanctions may be hurting North Korea’s economy; pain might prompt Pyongyang to step up cybercrime
Visits came after each side signaled discontent with the other, and experts say each wants something different from China after breakdown of Hanoi summit
Unintended consequences of sanctions mean aid groups face difficulty obtaining funding for work in North Korea
'Financial sanctions against Pyongyang remain some of the most poorly implemented and actively evaded measures,' a recent UN report says
After seeming to be willing to take Pyongyang’s preferred incremental approach before the Hanoi summit, N. Korea signaling dislike of Washington’s reversion to all-or-nothing approach with missile launch preparations
Experts say gap at Hanoi summit between Washington’s demand on denuclearization and Pyongyang’s demand on relief could mean even tougher economic conditions for North Koreans
Pyongyang's offer to dismantle Yongbyon is insufficient reason to lift sanctions, nuclear experts say, adding that US President Trump probably knew this when he walked out of Hanoi summit with Kim
Experts say lack of experience with Pyongyang contributed to collapse of talks between North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump
Experts see the move as a possible element in this week’s summit in Hanoi 'depending how the negotiations go'