May 22, 2024

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Ifang Bremer

Ifang Bremer is a Seoul Correspondent at NK News. He has worked on investigations for The Guardian and The Observer and previously wrote features on Korea for Dutch newspaper NRC.

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North Korea-China trade jumps on fabric imports, pointing to textile outsourcing
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North Korea-China trade jumps on fabric imports, pointing to textile outsourcing

Expert says DPRK appears to be producing both textiles and wigs for re-export to China despite sanctions on such trade

North Korea-China trade jumps on fabric imports, pointing to textile outsourcing
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer May 21, 2024
North Korean nuke scientists are ‘slaves’ of regime’s weapons programs: Report

North Korean nuke scientists are ‘slaves’ of regime’s weapons programs: Report

Study finds scientists and engineers face unsafe conditions that violate human rights and are not just privileged elite

North Korean nuke scientists are ‘slaves’ of regime’s weapons programs: Report
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer May 20, 2024
Russia, China leaders warn US against intimidating North Korea militarily

Russia, China leaders warn US against intimidating North Korea militarily

Putin and Xi warned such actions may lead to armed conflict as U.S. and South Korea kick off joint air drills

Russia, China leaders warn US against intimidating North Korea militarily
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer May 17, 2024
UN extends sanctions exemption request for NGO to send aid to North Korea

UN extends sanctions exemption request for NGO to send aid to North Korea

But South Korean aid agency says Seoul has rejected its requests, scuppering hopes of shipping machine parts to DPRK

UN extends sanctions exemption request for NGO to send aid to North Korea
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer May 16, 2024
Dangerous catch: The fishermen who brave perilous waters on North Korea’s edge

Dangerous catch: The fishermen who brave perilous waters on North Korea’s edge

South Korean ships venture as close as mile from border in search of seafood, despite past abductions and high tensions

Dangerous catch: The fishermen who brave perilous waters on North Korea’s edge
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer May 15, 2024
Kim Jong Un leads funeral for North Korea’s chief propagandist under Kim rulers

Kim Jong Un leads funeral for North Korea’s chief propagandist under Kim rulers

Leader said Kim Ki Nam would be immortalized in likely bid to encourage current officials to remain loyal to the regime

Kim Jong Un leads funeral for North Korea’s chief propagandist under Kim rulers
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer | Joon Ha Park May 10, 2024
Kim Ki Nam, propaganda chief for all three North Korean rulers, dies at 94

Kim Ki Nam, propaganda chief for all three North Korean rulers, dies at 94

Kim Jong Un to oversee official’s funeral as state media claims he achieved ‘eternal life’ through service to regime

Kim Ki Nam, propaganda chief for all three North Korean rulers, dies at 94
The Hague dismisses case against Dutch firms accused of using North Korean labor

The Hague dismisses case against Dutch firms accused of using North Korean labor

Appeals court finds no direct evidence shipbuilders profited from human trafficking of DPRK workers at Polish shipyards

The Hague dismisses case against Dutch firms accused of using North Korean labor
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer May 6, 2024
China repatriated at least 260 more North Koreans last month, rights groups say

China repatriated at least 260 more North Koreans last month, rights groups say

Case is latest in series of alleged force repatriations that have raised concerns about abuses those sent back face

China repatriated at least 260 more North Koreans last month, rights groups say
50 nations stress need for North Korea sanctions monitoring after UN panel ends

50 nations stress need for North Korea sanctions monitoring after UN panel ends

US, ROK and Japan join in calling for UN to address DPRK weapons program following dissolution of Panel of Experts

50 nations stress need for North Korea sanctions monitoring after UN panel ends
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer May 2, 2024
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