October 06, 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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US bars citizens from traveling to North Korea for 6th straight year

US bars citizens from traveling to North Korea for 6th straight year

State Department cites ‘imminent danger’ of detention for extension, which travel expert says could remain indefinitely

US bars citizens from traveling to North Korea for 6th straight year
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer August 23, 2022
North Korea and Russia ink aviation safety deal in face of increasing isolation

North Korea and Russia ink aviation safety deal in face of increasing isolation

Two sides pledge to align maintenance standards, a move an expert suggests aims to boost cooperation amid sanctions

North Korea and Russia ink aviation safety deal in face of increasing isolation
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer August 22, 2022
Kim Jong Un praises sacrifices of army medics for ‘victory’ over COVID-19

Kim Jong Un praises sacrifices of army medics for ‘victory’ over COVID-19

In speech, North Korean leader thanks soldiers mobilized to manage medicines and says he felt ‘empty’ about lockdowns

Kim Jong Un praises sacrifices of army medics for ‘victory’ over COVID-19
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer August 19, 2022
Easing COVID rules a way for North Korea to project control — including to China

Easing COVID rules a way for North Korea to project control — including to China

Experts say changes may seek to allay public dissatisfaction and convince Beijing to resume cross-border trade

Easing COVID rules a way for North Korea to project control — including to China
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer August 17, 2022
Prosecutors raid ex-defense chief’s home over North Korea’s killing of official

Prosecutors raid ex-defense chief’s home over North Korea’s killing of official

Searches targeting Suh Wook and two other former Seoul officials follow allegations they mishandled 2020 case

Prosecutors raid ex-defense chief’s home over North Korea’s killing of official
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer | Sojin Jung August 16, 2022
Kim Jong Un exchanges letters with Putin on bolstering North Korea-Russia ties

Kim Jong Un exchanges letters with Putin on bolstering North Korea-Russia ties

Letters come after DPRK recognized Moscow-backed breakaway states in Ukraine and drew up plans to send workers there

Kim Jong Un exchanges letters with Putin on bolstering North Korea-Russia ties
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer August 15, 2022
North Korea accuses UN chief of ‘pouring gas over flames’ of peninsula tensions

North Korea accuses UN chief of ‘pouring gas over flames’ of peninsula tensions

Pyongyang’s foreign ministry alleges Guterres sided with US ‘hostile policy’ by endorsing DPRK’s denuclearization

North Korea accuses UN chief of ‘pouring gas over flames’ of peninsula tensions
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer August 15, 2022
Seoul police probe Christian activist for spreading pro-North Korea materials

Seoul police probe Christian activist for spreading pro-North Korea materials

Jung Dae-il decries witch hunt against him after he posted Juche explainers and helped sell Kim Il Sung memoirs

Seoul police probe Christian activist for spreading pro-North Korea materials
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer | Sojin Jung August 12, 2022
Breakaway Luhansk republic seeks North Korea’s help to rebuild from Ukraine war

Breakaway Luhansk republic seeks North Korea’s help to rebuild from Ukraine war

Self-declared state says it held talks with DPRK on issue after Pyongyang confirmed plans to send laborers to Donetsk

Breakaway Luhansk republic seeks North Korea’s help to rebuild from Ukraine war
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer August 12, 2022
North Korea pushes forward medical cooperation with Gabon and Mali

North Korea pushes forward medical cooperation with Gabon and Mali

DPRK diplomats meet with local officials in latest efforts to maintain economic ties in Africa during pandemic

North Korea pushes forward medical cooperation with Gabon and Mali
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer August 11, 2022
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