December 08, 2022

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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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New unification minister encourages World Food Program to help North Korea

New unification minister encourages World Food Program to help North Korea

Kwon Young-se says food aid to DPRK should not be affected by state of inter-Korean relations or other political issues

New unification minister encourages World Food Program to help North Korea
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer July 15, 2022
North Korea recognizes breakaway republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in Ukraine

North Korea recognizes breakaway republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in Ukraine

Expert says move seeks to improve ties with Russia, as Kyiv swiftly severs diplomatic ties with Pyongyang

North Korea recognizes breakaway republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in Ukraine
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell | Ifang Bremer July 14, 2022
Seoul prosecutors raid spy agency over forced repatriation of North Koreans

Seoul prosecutors raid spy agency over forced repatriation of North Koreans

Raid into 2019 repatriation and DPRK’s 2020 killing of ROK official target spy agency's role in cases, prosecutors say

Seoul prosecutors raid spy agency over forced repatriation of North Koreans
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer July 13, 2022
US seeks more funding to help North Korean defectors, other refugees in Asia

US seeks more funding to help North Korean defectors, other refugees in Asia

State Department seeks budget increase after earmarking millions for projects that support ‘sustainable reforms’ in DPRK

US seeks more funding to help North Korean defectors, other refugees in Asia
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer July 12, 2022
12 North Korean fishermen sentenced for attacking Russian coast guard

12 North Korean fishermen sentenced for attacking Russian coast guard

Russian court gives prison terms to two for deadly 2019 incident over illegal fishing, while releasing rest

12 North Korean fishermen sentenced for attacking Russian coast guard
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer July 12, 2022
North Korea likely acquired ship that sailed from Busan to Nampho: Investigation
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North Korea likely acquired ship that sailed from Busan to Nampho: Investigation

Expert says vessel’s new flag and owner suggest DPRK leveraged companies and foreign nationals to evade sanctions

North Korea likely acquired ship that sailed from Busan to Nampho: Investigation
41% of North Koreans face malnourishment during pandemic: Report

41% of North Koreans face malnourishment during pandemic: Report

UN agencies say DPRK among the countries with highest rates of hunger as aid slows to a trickle

41% of North Koreans face malnourishment during pandemic: Report
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer July 8, 2022
North Korea eyes increased cooperation with Russia, Ukraine breakaway regions

North Korea eyes increased cooperation with Russia, Ukraine breakaway regions

Experts say DPRK likely seeks to send workers to Russia to earn money, as sanction concerns fade

North Korea eyes increased cooperation with Russia, Ukraine breakaway regions
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer July 7, 2022
North Korean ships linked to coal smuggling congregate at Chinese port
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North Korean ships linked to coal smuggling congregate at Chinese port

Expert says rising coal prices and lax sanctions enforcement appear to be driving uptick in DPRK exports

North Korean ships linked to coal smuggling congregate at Chinese port
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer July 1, 2022
Seoul should explain official’s killing by North Korea: UN human rights envoy

Seoul should explain official’s killing by North Korea: UN human rights envoy

Tomás Ojea Quintana emphasizes family of victim’s right to know and says South Korea shouldn’t ‘politicize’ case

Seoul should explain official’s killing by North Korea: UN human rights envoy
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer June 29, 2022
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