General-turned-lawmaker calls for more dialogue between two Koreas

General-turned-lawmaker calls for more dialogue between two Koreas

South Korean lawmaker Baek Kun-ki, one of leading lawmakers of the New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD), notes a sharp drop in dialogue between the two Koreas since 2008. According to his dat…

August 28th, 2015
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Japan's hard line on N. Korea produced negotiations: Civic group head

Japan's hard line on N. Korea produced negotiations: Civic group head

Relations between Japan and North Korea are as bad as they’ve ever been. Yet the bilateral negotiations between the two over the abduction of Japanese citizens continue. Professor Tsutomu Nishiok…

August 26th, 2015
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Balloon launches halted amid inter-Korean dialogue: Religious group

Balloon launches halted amid inter-Korean dialogue: Religious group

Balloon launches to North Korea have been stopped under South Korea's National Security Law, a religious group that regularly sends bibles to the North told NK News on Tuesday. Staff from the Voic…

August 25th, 2015
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Analysis: What outcome can we expect from inter-Korean talks?

Analysis: What outcome can we expect from inter-Korean talks?

Inter-Korean talks have since ended, resulting in an accord which will see North Korea express "regret" for the mine incident and South Korea stop loudspeaker broadcasts from Tuesday. As marathon i…

August 24th, 2015
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Chances of war between two Koreas very low: ex-ROK Army official

Chances of war between two Koreas very low: ex-ROK Army official

North Korea on Thursday fired one round of anti-aircraft gun and couple direct-firing gun rounds toward the Southern part of Military Demarcation Line (MDL) dividing South and North Korea. South Ko…

August 21st, 2015
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Inside North Korea's cell network: ex-Koryolink technical director reveals all

Inside North Korea's cell network: ex-Koryolink technical director reveals all

North Korea’s Koryolink cellphone network includes a “third” network for use by high officials, a surveillance system based on technology found outside the North, and sees surprisingly active in…

August 20th, 2015
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Not forgotten: Son of an abductee in N. Korea fights on

Not forgotten: Son of an abductee in N. Korea fights on

My hometown, southern sea, I can see the blue water / How can I forget the calm sea in the village / Waterfowl would be flying, I want to go, I want to go / Miss buddies playing together / How can I f…

August 13th, 2015
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Interview: Large-scale investment in DPRK beginning "in a few months"

Interview: Large-scale investment in DPRK beginning "in a few months"

A Chinese investment group has called for large-scale investment in North Korea, spanning 12 different infrastructure projects, according to a recent press release. China Railways Investments Grou…

August 11th, 2015
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Empowering North Korean refugees abroad: Programs and Projects

Empowering North Korean refugees abroad: Programs and Projects

After fleeing North Korea, the majority of refugees find themselves in neighboring China, a country that neither provides support or recognizes their refugee status. Many however manage to find thir…

July 17th, 2015
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Helping N. Koreans help themselves

Helping N. Koreans help themselves

Kang Chol-hwan, co-author of The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag, founded the non-partisan think-tank North Korea Strategy Center (NKSC) in 2007. Through the raising of awa…

July 16th, 2015
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Generation ‘in-between': Young North Koreans navigate the government, market

Generation ‘in-between': Young North Koreans navigate the government, market

Many people are saying that North Korea is evolving. If so, then how? Professor Kim Sung-kyung at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul proposes a delicate approach regarding social chang…

July 14th, 2015
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From Belfast to Kaesong: Peace campaigner reflects on WomenCrossDMZ

From Belfast to Kaesong: Peace campaigner reflects on WomenCrossDMZ

Even with such a fearsome concentration of firepower on both sides and untold amounts of unexploded ordnance underneath, the Korean DMZ is probably one of the less risky stop-off points in Mairead Mag…

July 10th, 2015
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A new life in South Korea: Afflicted but full of hope

A new life in South Korea: Afflicted but full of hope

Defecting from North Korea is no easy task for those looking for better lives abroad but neither is resettling into a new home once that journey is made, even if the final destination lies mere kilome…

July 3rd, 2015
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Helping North Korean defectors without benefits

Helping North Korean defectors without benefits

Half-Chinese youth defectors have undergone isolation and exclusion in South Korean society, the founder of Durihana church and school told NK News. Chun Ki-won has been working at saving defectors…

June 19th, 2015
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UN sanctions do not affect N. Korea's food, agriculture, trade - Newcomb

UN sanctions do not affect N. Korea's food, agriculture, trade - Newcomb

As North Korea has continued developing its weapons programs, so have sanctions against it grown in depth and complexity. Sanctions measures from the United Nations, autonomous sanctions and safeg…

June 17th, 2015
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