May 16, 2021

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Won-Gi Jung

Won-Gi Jung is a reporter based in Seoul. He previously worked for the CSIS Korea Chair and East Asia Institute. Follow him on Twitter: @jungwongida.

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Despite outcries, Seoul is set to pass a law that can jail North Korea activists

Despite outcries, Seoul is set to pass a law that can jail North Korea activists

Legal experts say the bill is vague, sweeping and potentially dangerous — and that it could lead to unjust crackdowns

Despite outcries, Seoul is set to pass a law that can jail North Korea activists
Won-Gi Jung
Won-Gi Jung December 9, 2020
Controversial South Korean ‘anti-leaflet’ bill delayed after filibuster attempt

Controversial South Korean ‘anti-leaflet’ bill delayed after filibuster attempt

The bill drew criticism from the human rights community for criminalizing some forms of anti-North Korea activism

Controversial South Korean ‘anti-leaflet’ bill delayed after filibuster attempt
Won-Gi Jung
Won-Gi Jung December 9, 2020
General Paul LaCamera nominated as next US Forces Korea commander

General Paul LaCamera nominated as next US Forces Korea commander

If appointed, LaCamera will succeed General Robert B. Abrams

General Paul LaCamera nominated as next US Forces Korea commander
Won-Gi Jung
Won-Gi Jung December 8, 2020
Human rights advocates call Seoul’s anti-leaflet bill an ‘embarrassment’

Human rights advocates call Seoul’s anti-leaflet bill an ‘embarrassment’

If passed, the bill will make sending leaflets to North Korea illegal and punishable with big fines or prison time

Human rights advocates call Seoul’s anti-leaflet bill an ‘embarrassment’
Won-Gi Jung
Won-Gi Jung December 7, 2020
UN drops North Korea from key aid report after dwindled access to the country

UN drops North Korea from key aid report after dwindled access to the country

The report names countries that desperately need aid in 2021, amid the “deepest global recession since the 1930s”

UN drops North Korea from key aid report after dwindled access to the country
Won-Gi Jung
Won-Gi Jung December 3, 2020
Seoul ‘anti-leaflet’ bill moves forward with heavy fines and years in prison

Seoul ‘anti-leaflet’ bill moves forward with heavy fines and years in prison

Lawmakers clash as bill passes first step on Wednesday, with dissenters calling it “evil” and “excessive”

Seoul ‘anti-leaflet’ bill moves forward with heavy fines and years in prison
Won-Gi Jung
Won-Gi Jung December 2, 2020
North Korea reports 8,594 ‘suspected’ COVID-19 cases, zero confirmed infections

North Korea reports 8,594 ‘suspected’ COVID-19 cases, zero confirmed infections

The DPRK reports its coronavirus numbers to the World Health Organization on a semi-regular basis

North Korea reports 8,594 ‘suspected’ COVID-19 cases, zero confirmed infections
Jeongmin Kim
Jeongmin Kim | Won-Gi Jung December 1, 2020
Giant octopus slide? North Korea shows off new, colorful ‘socialist villages’

Giant octopus slide? North Korea shows off new, colorful ‘socialist villages’

See the photos: North Korean state TV is airing propaganda about newly-built housing communities and partying residents

Giant octopus slide? North Korea shows off new, colorful ‘socialist villages’
Won-Gi Jung
Won-Gi Jung December 1, 2020
North Korea blew up the liaison office. Can the South Korean government sue?

North Korea blew up the liaison office. Can the South Korean government sue?

Experts say filing a lawsuit against the North is “theoretically possible.” But there are several boxes to be ticked.

North Korea blew up the liaison office. Can the South Korean government sue?
Won-Gi Jung
Won-Gi Jung November 30, 2020
Seoul wants its money back after spending $11.7 million on aid to North Korea

Seoul wants its money back after spending $11.7 million on aid to North Korea

South Korea spent the money to set up a rice aid project with the World Food Programme, but North Korea refused the help

Seoul wants its money back after spending $11.7 million on aid to North Korea
Won-Gi Jung
Won-Gi Jung November 30, 2020
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