From putting their families at risk of execution to struggles with guilt and paranoia, freedom comes at a cost for those who flee the Hermit Kingdom.
Experts explain how we got here and run through the options for avoiding a devastating regional war.
We were in Pyongyang while North Koreans celebrated the 105th anniversary of founder and former leader Kim Il-sung.
There ain't no party like a brutally authoritarian despot’s birthday party, because a brutally authoritarian despot’s birthday party don’t stop.
We talked to the directors of 'The Lovers and the Despot' about their new documentary, which tells an unlikely tale of kidnapping, cinema, and a dictator turned cupid.
The British reporter Rupert Wingfield-Hayes had "distorted facts and realities" in his coverage, said a North Korean official, and would never be let into the country again.
Thousands of delegates from around North Korea had been expected to attend the first congress to be held since 1980, before the 33-year-old Kim was born.
Nukes, Millennials, and the Wizard of Oz: What to Expect at North Korea’s First Party Congress in 36 Years
North Korea expert Michael Madden says the congress won't be "Real World: Pyongyang," but it could reveal some very interesting details, like seeing which officials have and haven't been executed.
If North Korean founding father Kim Il-sung was looking down from above as his successors celebrated his birthday today he may have been a little disappointed.