Kim Jong Un’s government is said to have executed an official for failing to follow rules on imports.
The President-elect will likely shift from the White House's flattering approach to more time-honored policy on North Korea.
The Supreme Leader comes from a family with a history of heart disease.
What started its life as a five-star holiday hotspot now sits abandoned and rusting just north of the Korean demilitarized zone.
But the men who chose the route will not be totally free from confinement and face longer than usual service terms.
Photographer Stephan Gladieu captured everyday people in a way usually reserved for members of the Kim dynasty.
The regime led by Kim Jong Un has an arbitrary criminal justice system that tortures and abuses detainees, according to Human Rights Watch.
Jo Song Gil is one of the most senior North Korean diplomats to defect to South Korea since Kim Jong Un took power in 2011.
The North Korean leader said the latest incident between the two countries "should never have happened".
The incident threatens to stoke tensions between the two longtime foes.
Before the end of the occupation of the Korean peninsula, thousands of Koreans came to Japan. After the war ended, discrimination towards the ‘Zainichi’ community intensified. North Korea saw an opportunity.