February 21, 2024

Seoul defends defector remittances to North Korea as police probes raise concern

Unification ministry reasserts policy of allowing money transfers on humanitarian grounds, says legal action ‘uncommon’

South Korea’s unification ministry said it is “uncommon” for North Korean defectors to face legal action over the transfer of small sums of money to family members in the DPRK, after police probes raised concerns among escapees about their ability to send such remittances.

The statement in response to NK News questions reasserted the government’s long-standing position of allowing the money transfers on humanitarian grounds, while suggesting that the ministry opposes the police investigations.