February 04, 2023

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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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Infighting in North Korean sympathizer group leads Dutch branch to split

Infighting in North Korean sympathizer group leads Dutch branch to split

Netherlands chief leads one-man rebellion from Korean Friendship Organization, which promotes DPRK internationally

Infighting in North Korean sympathizer group leads Dutch branch to split
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer January 18, 2023
Pfizer offers to sell COVID vaccines and medicines to North Korea at low cost

Pfizer offers to sell COVID vaccines and medicines to North Korea at low cost

American firm expands not-for-profit program to DPRK, but expert says Pyongyang unlikely to take up the offer

Pfizer offers to sell COVID vaccines and medicines to North Korea at low cost
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer January 18, 2023
ROK police arrest ex-underwear boss for alleged business deal with North Korea

ROK police arrest ex-underwear boss for alleged business deal with North Korea

Prosecutors say Kim Seong-tae orchestrated transfer of some $6.4 million to DPRK in exchange for exclusive mining rights

ROK police arrest ex-underwear boss for alleged business deal with North Korea
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer | Yeji Chung January 17, 2023
Eye of the TIGER: ROK drone unit holds drills with US on North Korean border

Eye of the TIGER: ROK drone unit holds drills with US on North Korean border

Some 800 soldiers practiced defending against mock enemy, weeks after South Korea failed to intercept DPRK drones

Eye of the TIGER: ROK drone unit holds drills with US on North Korean border
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer January 16, 2023
North Korea’s child mortality and stillbirth rates improve in 2021: UN report

North Korea’s child mortality and stillbirth rates improve in 2021: UN report

Despite positive trend, DPRK’s child death rate remains five times higher than in South Korea

North Korea’s child mortality and stillbirth rates improve in 2021: UN report
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer January 13, 2023
Libyan hospital welcomes dozens of North Korean medical workers

Libyan hospital welcomes dozens of North Korean medical workers

UN sanctions forbid DPRK laborers from working abroad, but country’s doctors have been active in Africa during pandemic

Libyan hospital welcomes dozens of North Korean medical workers
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer January 12, 2023
ROK investigating progressive groups for establishing pro-North Korea spy cells

ROK investigating progressive groups for establishing pro-North Korea spy cells

Conservative lawmakers say far-left party in Jeju and Changwon was allegedly in contact with DPRK agents

ROK investigating progressive groups for establishing pro-North Korea spy cells
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer January 12, 2023
Only 67 North Korean defectors reach South in 2022, second fewest ever

Only 67 North Korean defectors reach South in 2022, second fewest ever

Reality on ground inside DPRK more opaque than ever as COVID border measures pose barriers to escape, expert says

Only 67 North Korean defectors reach South in 2022, second fewest ever
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer January 10, 2023
North Korea-China trade dips nearly 20% in November after reaching pandemic high

North Korea-China trade dips nearly 20% in November after reaching pandemic high

Sharp drop in exports drives overall decline, though bilateral trade remains higher than most months during pandemic

North Korea-China trade dips nearly 20% in November after reaching pandemic high
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer December 20, 2022
NGO calls for reinvestigating Dutch firms that allegedly employed North Koreans

NGO calls for reinvestigating Dutch firms that allegedly employed North Koreans

La Strada appeals dismissal of case due to lack of evidence, maintains companies knew of North Korean shipyard workers

NGO calls for reinvestigating Dutch firms that allegedly employed North Koreans
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer December 19, 2022
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