North Korea is one of the world's most closed and authoritarian societies. For years, there was next to no private economic activity. But leader Kim Jong-un has been showing a willingness to allow private trading since he took over four years ago.
US President Donald Trump has said he thinks Pyongyang will adhere to a promise to suspend missile tests. The billionaire has agreed to take part in a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un within weeks.
North Korea and communist East Germany cooperated plenty during the Cold War. But almost from the off, GDR officials could smell something rotten in Pyongyang. Their once-secret observations are now freely available.
Tensions over North Korea's nuclear ambitions and discord over the THAAD missile defense system are set to dominate the agenda when South Korean President Moon Jae-in meets his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping this week.
The resolution severely limits petroleum supplies to Pyongyang and demands that North Koreans working for Kim Jong Un's regime abroad return home. The crippling sanctions follow North Korea's latest missile test.
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