February 21, 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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Deciphering reports of North Korean workers’ strike in Chinese textile factories

Deciphering reports of North Korean workers’ strike in Chinese textile factories

Experts weigh in on whether large-scale action took place and how years of unpaid wages could have sparked a backlash

Deciphering reports of North Korean workers’ strike in Chinese textile factories
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer | Lina Park January 29, 2024
Seoul condemns Beijing over North Korean escapee issue at UN human rights review

Seoul condemns Beijing over North Korean escapee issue at UN human rights review

South Korea pressures China about its forced repatriation of DPRK escapees for first time at Universal Periodic Review

Seoul condemns Beijing over North Korean escapee issue at UN human rights review
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Ifang Bremer January 24, 2024
Distilling a life: A North Korean escapee takes her homebrews out of the shadows

Distilling a life: A North Korean escapee takes her homebrews out of the shadows

Kim Seonghui learned the North's art of alcohol in secret. Now she’s turning it into a business in the South.

Distilling a life: A North Korean escapee takes her homebrews out of the shadows
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer | Joon Ha Park January 22, 2024
Number of North Korean defectors who reached South tripled to 196 last year

Number of North Korean defectors who reached South tripled to 196 last year

Seoul says 'elite' defectors like diplomats made up significant part of total in 2023 as DPRK began to reopen

Number of North Korean defectors who reached South tripled to 196 last year
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Ifang Bremer January 18, 2024
Ukraine examining Russia’s use of North Korean missiles as possible war crime

Ukraine examining Russia’s use of North Korean missiles as possible war crime

Experts say DPRK may face international criminal charges if it was directly involved or knew how missiles would be used

Ukraine examining Russia’s use of North Korean missiles as possible war crime
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer January 16, 2024
US sanctions Russian entities for transfer and testing of North Korean missiles

US sanctions Russian entities for transfer and testing of North Korean missiles

Designation of airline, research complex and firing range come after Russia appeared to use DPRK missiles in Ukraine

US sanctions Russian entities for transfer and testing of North Korean missiles
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer January 12, 2024
North Korea has executed citizens for violating COVID rules: Report

North Korea has executed citizens for violating COVID rules: Report

Defector testimony appears to be first evidence of executions since DPRK stipulated death penalty for serious violations

North Korea has executed citizens for violating COVID rules: Report
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer January 11, 2024
Lack of funding scuppered North Korean Red Cross’ plans in first half of 2023

Lack of funding scuppered North Korean Red Cross’ plans in first half of 2023

Report points to problems transferring cash due to border closures, as expert says fundraising will only get harder

Lack of funding scuppered North Korean Red Cross’ plans in first half of 2023
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer January 9, 2024
Seoul says it will resume sea border drills over North Korean artillery fire

Seoul says it will resume sea border drills over North Korean artillery fire

Decision to suspend ‘non-hostility zone’ in Yellow Sea marks South Korea’s latest rollback of inter-Korean military deal

Seoul says it will resume sea border drills over North Korean artillery fire
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer January 8, 2024
North Korean artillery fire triggers evacuation alerts for ROK border islands

North Korean artillery fire triggers evacuation alerts for ROK border islands

South Korean military says DPRK fired more than 200 rounds, conducting own artillery drills in response

North Korean artillery fire triggers evacuation alerts for ROK border islands
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