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North Korean Defector Sees Signs of Chinese Policy Shift

Posted April 4th, 2012 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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A research organization in Seoul says it is hopeful of better treatment for North Korean defectors in China following signs that the Chinese policy of forcing them to return home has eased. Kang Chul Hwan, a founding director of the North Korea Strategy Center in Seoul, spoke to VOA Wednesday about media reports that a […]

North Korean Defector Sees Signs of Chinese Policy Shift

Posted April 4th, 2012 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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A research organization in Seoul says it is hopeful of better treatment for North Korean defectors in China following signs that the Chinese policy of forcing them to return home has eased. Kung Chul Hwan, a founding director of the North Korea Strategy Center in Seoul, spoke to VOA Wednesday about media reports that a […]

Reports: China Lets North Korean Defectors Travel to South

Posted April 4th, 2012 at 2:35 am (UTC-5)
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South Korean media report that five North Korean defectors have arrived in Seoul after spending almost three years in a South Korean consulate in Beijing. It would be the first time in more than five years that China has allowed North Korean defectors hiding in a diplomatic mission to travel to the South, rather than […]

China Vows to Repatriate 30 North Koreans

Posted February 21st, 2012 at 7:10 pm (UTC-5)
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China has rejected South Korean pleas not to repatriate 30 North Koreans recently arrested in Chinese territory. A spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry, Hong Lei, said Tuesday the detained North Koreans are illegal economic migrants and not refugees deserving protection. The spokesman indicated his government rejects taking the issue to the United Nations. South Korean […]

China Vows to Repatriate 30 North Koreans

Posted February 21st, 2012 at 10:10 am (UTC-5)
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China is rejecting South Korean pleas not to repatriate 30 North Koreans recently arrested in Chinese territory. A spokesman for China’s foreign ministry says the detained North Koreans are not refugees. He says they crossed the border into China illegally and for economic reasons. South Korea says it will raise the issue of the North […]

Seoul Plans UN Appeal for North Korean Refugees in China

Posted February 21st, 2012 at 4:10 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea says it will raise the issue of North Korean defectors detained in China at a United Nations meeting next week. A Foreign Ministry spokesperson says the government will go before the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva to pressure Beijing not to repatriate several North Koreans who fled their homeland. About 30 […]

21 North Koreans Defect to South

Posted November 5th, 2011 at 2:25 am (UTC-5)
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South Korean authorities said Saturday that 21 North Koreans defected to the South after they were found drifting in a wooden boat in the Yellow Sea last Sunday. South Korea’s military said the boat was found drifting south of the Northern Limit Line, a disputed sea border between the two Koreas. The boat was floating […]

South Korea Rejects North’s Demand to Return Two Defectors

Posted October 6th, 2011 at 2:00 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea is refusing to send two North Korean men back to their native country, saying the pair want to defect from the isolated regime. The men were found this week drifting off the coast of South Korea in a small boat. North Korea demanded their return Wednesday, but Seoul rejected that demand Thursday, saying […]

North Korea Demands Return of Two Citizens from South

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 2:10 am (UTC-5)
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North Korea is demanding the return of two of its citizens who were found drifting at sea off the coast of South Korea this week. A spokesman for South Korea’s Unification Ministry says the demand was made Wednesday by North Korea’s Red Cross. The spokesman says it is investigating whether the two men crossed the […]

Nine North Korean Defectors Arrive in Seoul

Posted October 4th, 2011 at 3:30 am (UTC-5)
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Nine North Korean defectors arrived in South Korea Tuesday, three weeks after leaving their country in a rare seaborne defection. The six adults and three children had been held in a Japanese immigration facility since they were discovered September 13 drifting in a small boat near the port city of Kanazawa. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary […]

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