May 19, 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 enjoys bumper harvest on back of good weather in 2023: Report

North Korea enjoys bumper harvest on back of good weather in 2023: Report

Seoul estimates crop output increased by 6%, potentially easing food insecurity after recent famine concerns

North Korea enjoys bumper harvest on back of good weather in 2023: Report
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer December 18, 2023
North Korean defector arrested in Vietnam faces repatriation to China: Activists

North Korean defector arrested in Vietnam faces repatriation to China: Activists

Justice for North Korea says 38-year-old woman was arrested last month, accusing Seoul of doing little to help her

North Korean defector arrested in Vietnam faces repatriation to China: Activists
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer | Lina Park December 15, 2023
Signs of economic life bloom on the North Korea-China border — in photos
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Signs of economic life bloom on the North Korea-China border — in photos

Trucks and trains carry goods back and forth daily, but small-scale traders in China still appear to be struggling

Signs of economic life bloom on the North Korea-China border — in photos
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer December 12, 2023
Moon government did little to save official killed by North Korea, audit finds

Moon government did little to save official killed by North Korea, audit finds

Investigators say administration covered up facts about 2020 death of Lee Dae-jun, recommending disciplinary action

Moon government did little to save official killed by North Korea, audit finds
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Ifang Bremer | Joon Ha Park December 7, 2023
Barrier to entry: New photos show China expanding fences on North Korea border

Barrier to entry: New photos show China expanding fences on North Korea border

Barbed-wire fencing and surveillance towers underscore continuing efforts to limit cross-border movement on both sides

Barrier to entry: New photos show China expanding fences on North Korea border
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer December 7, 2023
North Korean doctors working in Congo pose sanctions dilemma: Investigation

North Korean doctors working in Congo pose sanctions dilemma: Investigation

Locals tell NK News physicians provide good care, but experts stress sanctions forbid DPRK nationals from working abroad

North Korean doctors working in Congo pose sanctions dilemma: Investigation
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer December 5, 2023
US, South Korea and Japan sanction North Koreans over spy satellite launch

US, South Korea and Japan sanction North Koreans over spy satellite launch

Australia set to follow suit with own designations, which expert says seek to make up for lack of UNSC action

US, South Korea and Japan sanction North Koreans over spy satellite launch
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer December 1, 2023
Seoul defends defector remittances to North Korea as police probes raise concern

Seoul defends defector remittances to North Korea as police probes raise concern

Unification ministry reasserts policy of allowing money transfers on humanitarian grounds, says legal action ‘uncommon’

Seoul defends defector remittances to North Korea as police probes raise concern
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer November 30, 2023
ROK police investigating defectors for sending money to family in North Korea

ROK police investigating defectors for sending money to family in North Korea

Defector leader says probes have caused confusion among escapees, who have long been able to send funds through brokers

ROK police investigating defectors for sending money to family in North Korea
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Ifang Bremer | Lina Park November 28, 2023
North Korea redeploys soldiers and heavy weapons to inter-Korean border

North Korea redeploys soldiers and heavy weapons to inter-Korean border

Photos by ROK military and NK News show restoration of guard posts, days after DPRK scrapped military deal with South

North Korea redeploys soldiers and heavy weapons to inter-Korean border
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Ifang Bremer | Joon Ha Park November 27, 2023
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