May 29, 2024

Defector Issues

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Seoul to take DNA samples from bodies North Korea refuses to repatriate

Seoul to take DNA samples from bodies North Korea refuses to repatriate

The measure aims to bring closure to families in the DPRK as soured ties leave little room for cooperation on the issue

Seoul to take DNA samples from bodies North Korea refuses to repatriate
Jeongmin Kim
Jeongmin Kim February 7, 2024
North Koreans’ consumption of foreign media grows over last decade: Survey

North Koreans’ consumption of foreign media grows over last decade: Survey

Government poll of over 6,000 defectors also revealed increasing dissatisfaction with Kim Jong Un

North Koreans’ consumption of foreign media grows over last decade: Survey
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer | Joon Ha Park February 6, 2024
Ask a North Korean: Does the DPRK have digital payment systems?

Ask a North Korean: Does the DPRK have digital payment systems?

Services have cropped up for transferring money and making payments, but distrust in banks poses obstacles to their use

Ask a North Korean: Does the DPRK have digital payment systems?
Rose February 6, 2024
North Korea in January 2024: A month in review and what’s ahead
NK PRO

North Korea in January 2024: A month in review and what’s ahead

An analytical look at the main developments from January 1, 2024 to January 31, 2024

North Korea in January 2024: A month in review and what’s ahead
NK Pro
NK Pro February 2, 2024
Timeline: From North Korean missiles in Ukraine to ROK becoming enemy ‘No. 1’
NK PRO

Timeline: From North Korean missiles in Ukraine to ROK becoming enemy ‘No. 1’

NK Pro timeline charts the key events from Jan. 1 to Jan. 31, 2024

Timeline: From North Korean missiles in Ukraine to ROK becoming enemy ‘No. 1’
NK Pro
NK Pro February 2, 2024
North Korea expands coastal fencing in likely bid to stop defections by sea
NK PRO

North Korea expands coastal fencing in likely bid to stop defections by sea

NK Pro analysis shows DPRK added or renovated over 300 miles of fencing, justifying it as effort to keep out disease

North Korea expands coastal fencing in likely bid to stop defections by sea
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer | Jacob Bogle January 30, 2024
North Korea blasts ‘rampant violence’ against youth and women in UK

North Korea blasts ‘rampant violence’ against youth and women in UK

But expert calls report, which fails to reveal official statistics, a routine bashing of countries hostile to DPRK

North Korea blasts ‘rampant violence’ against youth and women in UK
Anton Sokolin
Anton Sokolin January 26, 2024
Seoul condemns Beijing over North Korean escapee issue at UN human rights review

Seoul condemns Beijing over North Korean escapee issue at UN human rights review

South Korea pressures China about its forced repatriation of DPRK escapees for first time at Universal Periodic Review

Seoul condemns Beijing over North Korean escapee issue at UN human rights review
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer January 24, 2024
Distilling a life: A North Korean escapee takes her homebrews out of the shadows

Distilling a life: A North Korean escapee takes her homebrews out of the shadows

Kim Seonghui learned the North's art of alcohol in secret. Now she’s turning it into a business in the South.

Distilling a life: A North Korean escapee takes her homebrews out of the shadows
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer | Joon Ha Park January 22, 2024
Interview: Depicting the inequalities of North Korean army life in film

Interview: Depicting the inequalities of North Korean army life in film

DPRK escapee Jung Haneul discusses how he drew on his own experiences in the military to craft his directorial debut

Interview: Depicting the inequalities of North Korean army life in film
Lina Park
Lina Park January 19, 2024
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