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  • Passengers board the train at an underground railway station located in Pyongyang, North Korea.

    Young North Koreans are coming of age amid a proliferation of black markets. This market generation just might solve the North Korea problem.

  • A North Korean woman stretches a string of yarn at the Kim Jong Suk Pyongyang textile factory in North Korea. It's the country's largest textile factory with 8,500 workers.

    With China cutting carbon emissions, North Korea is already pivoting to ensure China's falling coal use doesn't hurt its economy.

  • Foreign media, tech infiltrate North Korea

    Outside media and technology are making its way into the communist country, and giving people a glimpse of the outside world.

  • Inside a North Korean black market

    A look at a black market in North Korea's Ryanggang Province near the Chinese border. Black markets are located throughout North Korea.

  • Chinese Premier Li Keqiang gestures while standing beside German Chancellor Angela Merkel during an official welcoming ceremony at the Chancellery in Berlin Oct. 10, 2014.

    Chinese and German politicians on Friday acknowledged that a stimulus might be needed. Cramer thinks this is a step in the right direction.

  • Kim Jong Un rumor mill

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has not been seen in public for over a month. CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera discusses growing speculation as to his whereabouts after missing a key political meeting.

  • Kim Jong Un

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is in firm control of his government but hurt his leg taking part in a military drill. Reuters reports.

  • Where is Kim Jong Un?

    The "Squawk Box" crew and Michelle Caruso-Cabrera discuss growing speculation over the absence of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Reuters is saying according to a source, Kim Jong Un has suffered a tendon injury.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 28, 2014 in Moscow.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin may be taking censorship a step further by controlling Russia's access to the Internet itself.

  • People applaud as they watch the unveiling ceremony for two statues of former North Korean leaders Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il in Pyongyang, North Korea.

    About 6,000 Westerns visit North Korea each year, although independent travel is nearly impossible.

  • Kim Jong Un

    Reports say North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's slush fund manager attempted to defect with $5 million, according to the Global Post.

  • Tracking China-North Korea relations

    While China doesn't like North Korea's provocative actions, the mainland is reluctant to fully implement U.N. sanctions on its ally, says Bruce Klingner, Senior Research Fellow at Heritage Foundation.

  • North Korea to be on Xi's agenda in Seoul: Pro

    Victor Cha, Senior Adviser & Korea Chair at Center for Strategic & International Studies, outlines the issues that will likely be discussed during Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to South Korea.

  • Screen from Glorious Leader video game by Moneyhorse

    A video game that will soon be released stars North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. NBC News reports.

  • Counterfeits driving North Korea's economy: Report

    A new report suggests fake products, such as Marlboro cigarettes and Viagra pills, are keeping North Korea's economy alive. The 'Street Signs Asia' team discuss.

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a session of the Supreme People's Assembly, the country's parliament, in Pyongyang on April 9, 2014.

    Amid talk of new sanctions as North Korea threatens nuclear weapons testing, fresh data reveal how the country's market economy is growing.

  • North & South Korea trade intense artillery fire

    CNBC's Tyler Mathisen reports North Korea fired more than 100 artillery rounds as part of a counter drill into South Korean waters. South Korea fired back.

  • Is Kim's hairdo the new must-do in North Korea?

    An unconfirmed report about male North Korean students getting their hair done just like their leader Kim Jong Un has gone viral online. CNBC's Asia Squawk Box team discuss.

  • South Korean Army's 130mm multiple rocket launchers fire live rounds during an exercise against possible attacks from North Korea in Goseong, South Korea, Monday, March 3, 2014. North Korea fired two additional suspected short-range missiles into the sea Monday amid ongoing military exercises between Seoul and Washington, which the North calls a preparation for an attack, South Korean officials said.

    North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the sea Monday amid ongoing annual military exercises between Seoul and Washington.

  • A front loader shifts soil containing rare earth minerals to be loaded in Lianyungang, China, which accounts for about 90 percent of the world's rare earth production.

    With investor worries about spillover effects on commodities by a slowing Chinese economy, Beijing has its eye on a key resource—rare earth minerals in North Korea.