August 19, 2022

Defector Issues

Information related to North Korean defector issues

Risky business: How a North Korean woman smuggled and bribed her way to success

Risky business: How a North Korean woman smuggled and bribed her way to success

Kim Mi Sook shunned typical women’s jobs for dangerous but profitable ventures, making it big as a money broker

Risky business: How a North Korean woman smuggled and bribed her way to success
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov August 9, 2022
North Korea threatens death penalty for illegal drug sales – Ep. 248
Podcast

North Korea threatens death penalty for illegal drug sales – Ep. 248

The NK News team talks latest developments on DPRK, from forced repatriation to COVID and more

North Korea threatens death penalty for illegal drug sales – Ep. 248
Jacco Zwetsloot
Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News August 9, 2022
Ask a North Korean: Do North Koreans enjoy state media?

Ask a North Korean: Do North Koreans enjoy state media?

Organizations set aside time for reading newspapers, but most citizens find it tedious and overstuffed with ideology

Ask a North Korean: Do North Koreans enjoy state media?
Sersong Han
Sersong Han August 2, 2022
Up close and personal at the Demilitarized Zone – Ep. 247
Podcast

Up close and personal at the Demilitarized Zone – Ep. 247

NK News team members and former military cross Civilian Control Line to get close to North Korea in central border area

Up close and personal at the Demilitarized Zone – Ep. 247
Jacco Zwetsloot
Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News August 2, 2022
Interview: What South Korea’s new human rights envoy means for inter-Korean ties

Interview: What South Korea’s new human rights envoy means for inter-Korean ties

Robert King says South Korea no longer willing to place DPRK human rights on back burner, calls on US to do the same

Interview: What South Korea’s new human rights envoy means for inter-Korean ties
Jeongmin Kim
Jeongmin Kim July 28, 2022
North Korean prisoner of war dies in South without realizing repatriation wish

North Korean prisoner of war dies in South without realizing repatriation wish

ROK authorities refused to allow DPRK partisan Ri Tu Hwa to return to North after she was captured during Korean War

North Korean prisoner of war dies in South without realizing repatriation wish
Jeongmin Kim
Jeongmin Kim July 27, 2022
South Koreans divided on 2019 repatriation of two North Koreans, polls show

South Koreans divided on 2019 repatriation of two North Koreans, polls show

Opinions fall along party lines, with conservatives more likely to see handover by progressive government as mistake

South Koreans divided on 2019 repatriation of two North Koreans, polls show
Jeongmin Kim
Jeongmin Kim July 27, 2022
North Korean appeals 13-year sentence to Russian penal colony for 2019 attack

North Korean appeals 13-year sentence to Russian penal colony for 2019 attack

Fisherman was one of two sentenced to time for attack on Russian coast guard, and case will now go to higher court

North Korean appeals 13-year sentence to Russian penal colony for 2019 attack
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell July 25, 2022
Book review: How one North Korean summoned the courage to resist her fate

Book review: How one North Korean summoned the courage to resist her fate

Jihyun Park’s account of her escape from the DPRK provides a sobering look at her struggle for freedom

Book review: How one North Korean summoned the courage to resist her fate
David Tizzard
David Tizzard July 25, 2022
Unification ministry employees slam ‘reversal’ on repatriation of North Koreans

Unification ministry employees slam ‘reversal’ on repatriation of North Koreans

Public officials’ union says decision to release photos of 2019 handover turned case into ‘tool for political strife’

Unification ministry employees slam ‘reversal’ on repatriation of North Koreans
Jeongmin Kim
Jeongmin Kim July 21, 2022
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