February 25, 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 keeps door shut to aid groups despite opening for Russian tourists

North Korea keeps door shut to aid groups despite opening for Russian tourists

UNICEF and Red Cross say they don’t yet known when they can return but are pushing to deliver much-needed assistance

North Korea keeps door shut to aid groups despite opening for Russian tourists
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer February 23, 2024
South Korea to designate July 14 as ‘North Korean Defector Day’

South Korea to designate July 14 as ‘North Korean Defector Day’

Escapees welcome move to raise awareness about DPRK issues but express concern day could be politicized

South Korea to designate July 14 as ‘North Korean Defector Day’
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer | Lina Park February 22, 2024
Unification ministry budgets $300K for new YouTube channel about North Korea

Unification ministry budgets $300K for new YouTube channel about North Korea

Channel will ‘inform’ public about DPRK as ministry pivots from promoting dialogue to drawing attention to human rights

Unification ministry budgets $300K for new YouTube channel about North Korea
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer February 22, 2024
Interview: Human rights envoy says US isn’t just ‘wagging finger’ at North Korea

Interview: Human rights envoy says US isn’t just ‘wagging finger’ at North Korea

Julie Turner says US is willing to discuss its own record with Pyongyang and responds to DPRK criticism of her work

Interview: Human rights envoy says US isn’t just ‘wagging finger’ at North Korea
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer February 21, 2024
Activists sentenced to 12 years in prison for taking orders from North Korea

Activists sentenced to 12 years in prison for taking orders from North Korea

ROK court convicts three South Koreans for spying for DPRK and accepting cash during period of inter-Korean detente

Activists sentenced to 12 years in prison for taking orders from North Korea
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer | Joon Ha Park February 19, 2024
US eases restrictions on humanitarian and journalism activities in North Korea

US eases restrictions on humanitarian and journalism activities in North Korea

Experts welcomed move which means NGOs can more easily conduct educational programs and peacebuilding efforts in DPRK

US eases restrictions on humanitarian and journalism activities in North Korea
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer February 16, 2024
North Korea slams US human rights envoy after her arrival in Seoul

North Korea slams US human rights envoy after her arrival in Seoul

While state media has slammed Julie Turner in previous statements, activists say this rhetoric was particularly harsh

North Korea slams US human rights envoy after her arrival in Seoul
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer February 15, 2024
Seoul pastor sentenced to 5 years for molesting North Korean defector children

Seoul pastor sentenced to 5 years for molesting North Korean defector children

Chun Ki-won founded Durihana school for DPRK escapees, where he abused five students over the course of seven years

Seoul pastor sentenced to 5 years for molesting North Korean defector children
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer February 15, 2024
Number of fines for exchanges with North Korea increases under Yoon government

Number of fines for exchanges with North Korea increases under Yoon government

South Korea imposed six fines for violations of exchange act in 2023, which expert says could impact civilian channels

Number of fines for exchanges with North Korea increases under Yoon government
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer February 12, 2024
Russia again uses North Korean missiles to strike Ukrainian city: Police

Russia again uses North Korean missiles to strike Ukrainian city: Police

Specialists say KN-23 missiles were DPRK-made but expert warns against drawing conclusions on their operational effects

Russia again uses North Korean missiles to strike Ukrainian city: Police
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer February 8, 2024
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