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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Interview: Was the 2000 inter-Korean summit worth it?

Interview: Was the 2000 inter-Korean summit worth it?

Fifteen years ago this month a historic event in the history of post-Cold War Korea took place: the first inter-Korean summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and South Korea’s then-Presiden…

June 16th, 2015
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Families divided by Korean War reunite: An overwhelming experience

Families divided by Korean War reunite: An overwhelming experience

North and South Korea have been unable to reunions for families separated by the Korean War since February 2014, and the last such meetings before that took place in 2010. Of the 129,688 who have r…

June 15th, 2015
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Koreas' Peace Symposium pushes for more engagement

Koreas' Peace Symposium pushes for more engagement

The WomenCrossDMZ International Peace Symposium took place Sunday in central Seoul, attended by the 30 women who made their way across the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) from North to South Korea on Sunday.…

May 26th, 2015
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Reuniting families separated by Korean War

Reuniting families separated by Korean War

Since the Korean War ended in 1953, millions of people, including more than 100,000 Americans of Korean origin, have been separated and largely unable to contact their relatives in North Korea. Pyong…

May 14th, 2015
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'Frack' North Korea with targeted information: Report

'Frack' North Korea with targeted information: Report

A new report by Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs provides recommendations for U.S. policymakers to pressure the North Korean government into changing from wit…

May 13th, 2015
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Reporting on North Korean defectors, struggling with objectivity

Reporting on North Korean defectors, struggling with objectivity

A reporter who spent years recording the lives of North Korean defectors in China maintained his journalistic objectivity even as he lived among those braving death to escape to freedom. This demea…

May 4th, 2015
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Is ‘The Interview’ putting North Koreans in danger?

Is ‘The Interview’ putting North Koreans in danger?

It has been months since Western audiences got to finally pass judgment on The Interview, the Hollywood satire of Kim Jong Un that sparked frantic debate and controversy leading up to its release. …

May 1st, 2015
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Authors strove to depict North Koreans as they really live

Authors strove to depict North Koreans as they really live

A recently released book on the daily lives of North Koreans grew out of a desire to portray the changing circumstances of the North’s regular people, one of its co-authors told NK News. Rather t…

April 23rd, 2015
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2015 Park’s last chance for inter-Korean breakthrough: Expert

2015 Park’s last chance for inter-Korean breakthrough: Expert

This year may be the last chance for South Korea’s Park Geun-hye administration to achieve a breakthrough in inter-Korean relations, a Kyongnam University professor told NK News. Even though Kim …

April 14th, 2015
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Empowering North Korean defectors in the U.S.

Empowering North Korean defectors in the U.S.

In 2004, U.S. President George W. Bush signed into law the North Korean Human Rights Act, which was subsequently reauthorized in 2008 and again in 2012. Among other things, this act made North Korean …

April 13th, 2015
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‘Songun’ now fading away in North Korea: Expert

‘Songun’ now fading away in North Korea: Expert

While still praised as the country’s guiding ideology, Kim Jong Il’s Songun (military-first) idea is now declining in actual influence over North Korean state strategy, Kyongnam University profess…

April 9th, 2015
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The daily life of a Swedish diplomat in North Korea

The daily life of a Swedish diplomat in North Korea

Whenever North Korea and the U.S. need to engage diplomatically, or when Scandinavian tourists are experiencing mishaps, the Swedish embassy in North Korea plays a critical role. The embassy is, ho…

March 27th, 2015
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Film to document efforts to rescue North Korean refugees

Film to document efforts to rescue North Korean refugees

British filmmaker Matthew Halsall is in the process of completing a documentary on the work of Chun Ki-won, a South Korean pastor who has dedicated his life to rescuing North Korean refugees seeking a…

March 26th, 2015
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