Inside North Korea’s strategy to stop defections by officials stranded abroad | NK News
June 15, 2024
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Inside North Korea’s strategy to stop defections by officials stranded abroad

The regime uses family as collateral and encourages snitching to prevent escapes, which could pick up ahead of reopening

Hundreds of North Koreans diplomats, businesspeople and other relatively privileged citizens have been stranded overseas for more than three years on account of the DPRK’s pandemic border controls.

And as rumors abound that inbound travel could soon resume, reports suggest that some of these North Koreans might jump ship before they’re recalled by Pyongyang.

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