July 04, 2020

Defector Issues

Information related to North Korean defector issues

North Korean sentenced to four years in prison for Russian border guard assault

At least 17 North Korean fishermen are believed to be in detention for nearly 10 months now after a Sept. 2019 arrest

Min Chao Choy July 3, 2020
NK PRO

Timeline: from rising inter-Korean tensions to a "suspension" of military plans

NK Pro timeline charts the key events from June 1 - June 30

NK Pro July 3, 2020
NK PRO

North Korea in June 2020: a month in review and what’s ahead

An analysis of the main developments between June 1 and June 30

NK Pro July 2, 2020

Ask a North Korean: are there really no cases of COVID-19 in North Korea?

"Nobody will believe you if you say there are no coronavirus cases in North Korea"

In-hua Kim July 1, 2020

Only 12 North Korean defectors reached the South between April and June: MOU

Figures are the lowest since records began in 2003, likely linked to COVID-19 border closures

Jeongmin Kim July 1, 2020

Leaflets, schmeaflets: Pyongyang's bogus pretext for escalating tensions

North Korea's purported motive for recent provocations doesn't stand up to scrutiny

Aidan Foster-Carter June 26, 2020

Defector group likely failed to send leaflets into North Korea, South says

FFNK also may have spread false information about the number of balloons they have used, and items they carried: MOU

Jeongmin Kim June 23, 2020

Ask a North Korean: do you support leaflet launches into North Korea?

"In my personal opinion, these leaflet launches into North Korea should be encouraged and widely carried out"

Tae-il Shim June 23, 2020

Activists say they launched thousands of anti-regime leaflets into North Korea

Fighters for a Free North Korea said they defied a ban from Seoul and will continue the "struggle for justice"

Jeongmin Kim June 22, 2020

"Traitors" and "dogs": a brief history of North Korean leaflets in the South

North Korea has been sending anti-South leaflets over the border for years, and plans to send millions more very soon

Kelly Kasulis June 22, 2020
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