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70 Years of Separation: The Families Who Remain Divided by the Korean War
June 25, 2020

70 Years of Separation: The Families Who Remain Divided by the Korean War

By Eugene Lee and Paul K. Lee
Whether driven apart by the war or through more recent adoptions and defections, Korean Americans have few options for reuniting with their families.

South Korean Government and North Korean Defectors Clash over Leaflets
June 05, 2020

South Korean Government and North Korean Defectors Clash over Leaflets

By Tae-jun Kang
Seoul moved to ban leaflet dropping after a demand from the North, prompting outrage from defector groups.
South Korea Deports North Korean Fishermen Who Allegedly Murdered Their Own Crew
November 08, 2019

South Korea Deports North Korean Fishermen Who Allegedly Murdered Their Own Crew

By Associated Press
The fishermen were found to have murdered 16 fellow crew members before fleeing the North.

Death of North Korean Defector Sparks Concerns About South Korean Policies
August 16, 2019

Death of North Korean Defector Sparks Concerns About South Korean Policies

By Tae-jun Kang
Defector groups in South Korea accuse the government of not doing enough to help North Korean arrivals.

South Korean Broadcasters Change the Way They Cover North Korea
November 02, 2018

South Korean Broadcasters Change the Way They Cover North Korea

By Tae-jun Kang
As the inter-Korean thaw continues, South Korean broadcasters are getting more serious about reporting on the North.

North Korean Soldier Makes Dramatic Defection Across the DMZ
November 25, 2017

North Korean Soldier Makes Dramatic Defection Across the DMZ

By Hyunmin Michael Kang
South Korea’s loudspeaker broadcasting system, pumping K-Pop northward, may have played a role in the man’s defection.

Former North Korea Diplomat Begins New Life as Regime Critic 
December 23, 2016

Former North Korea Diplomat Begins New Life as Regime Critic 

By John Power
Thae Yong-ho, once one of North Korea's highest-ranking diplomats, pledges to devote his life to reunification.
UN Again Takes Up North Korea's Human Rights Abuses
December 14, 2016

UN Again Takes Up North Korea's Human Rights Abuses

By Cholpon Orozobekova
North Korea's human rights situation is highlighted at the UN Security Council and in a recent UN report.

More High-Level North Korean Defectors Jump Ship: Media
October 06, 2016

More High-Level North Korean Defectors Jump Ship: Media

By Mina Pollmann
Reports say diplomats and even a teenage math genius are seeking to leave North Korea.

More Women Face North Korean Prison Camp: Report
September 02, 2016

More Women Face North Korean Prison Camp: Report

By John Power
North Korea expanded one of its notorious prison camps to make room for women, a US NGO reports.

Number of Elite North Korean Defectors on the Rise
August 19, 2016

Number of Elite North Korean Defectors on the Rise

By Kim Tae-woo
What changing patterns of defections tell us about life under the Kim Jong-un regime.
North Korean Diplomat’s Defection Raises Questions About Regime’s Control
August 18, 2016

North Korean Diplomat’s Defection Raises Questions About Regime’s Control

By John Power
Thae Yong-ho, Pyongyang’s deputy ambassador to the U.K. said he is "sick and tired" of the Kim regime.

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