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Defector Issues

Information related to North Korean defector issues

Settling in Seoul: What a North Korean escapee thinks of South Korean politics

Settling in Seoul: What a North Korean escapee thinks of South Korean politics

DPRK’s ‘revolutionary’ politics left no room for choice, but ROK’s democratic system can be bewildering for defectors

Settling in Seoul: What a North Korean escapee thinks of South Korean politics
Rose September 21, 2023
South Korean pastor charged with molesting six North Korean defector students

South Korean pastor charged with molesting six North Korean defector students

Prosecutors say alleged abuse of minors at pastor’s school took place over 6-year period, including in Dec. 2022

South Korean pastor charged with molesting six North Korean defector students
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer September 19, 2023
North Korea’s ‘egregious’ human rights abuses remain a ‘priority,’ US says

North Korea’s ‘egregious’ human rights abuses remain a ‘priority,’ US says

Washington raises concern about forced repatriation of defectors in statement marking start of North Korea Freedom Week

North Korea’s ‘egregious’ human rights abuses remain a ‘priority,’ US says
Jeongmin Kim
Jeongmin Kim September 18, 2023
Ask a North Korean: What do socialism and capitalism mean to you?

Ask a North Korean: What do socialism and capitalism mean to you?

A defector shares what DPRK taught him about equality and how living in South Korea has shaped his views on capitalism

Ask a North Korean: What do socialism and capitalism mean to you?
David September 15, 2023
Why Kim Jong Un might want to discuss weapons sales with Putin – Ep. 305
Podcast

Why Kim Jong Un might want to discuss weapons sales with Putin – Ep. 305

The NK News team discusses North Korea-Russia military cooperation, US-ROK drills, DPRK easing border controls and more

Why Kim Jong Un might want to discuss weapons sales with Putin – Ep. 305
Jacco Zwetsloot
Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News September 6, 2023
Ask a North Korean: What is it like to be a musician in North Korea?

Ask a North Korean: What is it like to be a musician in North Korea?

Artists have little say over what they perform, and they must make immense personal sacrifices to practice their craft

Ask a North Korean: What is it like to be a musician in North Korea?
Jin September 4, 2023
How unification ministry overhaul could entrench militaristic North Korea policy

How unification ministry overhaul could entrench militaristic North Korea policy

Experts raise concerns about eliminating departments focused on inter-Korean peace, though some call changes necessary

How unification ministry overhaul could entrench militaristic North Korea policy
Jeongmin Kim
Jeongmin Kim | Joon Ha Park | Lina Park September 1, 2023
US lawmakers call for meeting with UN on China’s repatriation of North Koreans

US lawmakers call for meeting with UN on China’s repatriation of North Koreans

Open letter comes as human rights groups have pushed to increase pressure on Beijing ahead of DPRK border reopening

US lawmakers call for meeting with UN on China’s repatriation of North Koreans
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer September 1, 2023
Obscure new group offers $5M bounty for ‘critical info’ on North Korea

Obscure new group offers $5M bounty for ‘critical info’ on North Korea

March of Liberty says it seeks to ‘emancipate’ North Koreans, but experts caution much about group remains unknown

Obscure new group offers $5M bounty for ‘critical info’ on North Korea
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer August 30, 2023
Inside the UN Panel of Experts overseeing North Korea sanctions – Ep. 304
Podcast

Inside the UN Panel of Experts overseeing North Korea sanctions – Ep. 304

Former panel head Eric Penton-Voak explains how to decipher its reports on violations of DPRK sanctions regime

Inside the UN Panel of Experts overseeing North Korea sanctions – Ep. 304
Jacco Zwetsloot
Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News August 30, 2023
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