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Japan Sends North Korean Defectors to South Korea

Posted October 3rd, 2011 at 11:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Nine North Korean defectors are scheduled to arrive in South Korea Tuesday, nearly a month after leaving their country in a rare seaborne defection. The six adults and three children have been held in a Japanese immigration facility since they were found on September 13 drifting in a small wooden boat near the port city […]

Report: North Korean Defectors to Arrive in South This Week

Posted September 25th, 2011 at 1:28 pm (UTC-5)
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South Korea’s Yonhap news agency says Tokyo is set this week to transfer 9 North Korean defectors who mistakenly entered Japan earlier this month while trying to reach the South aboard a small wooden boat. The defectors, including 3 children, were found September 13 adrift near the Japanese port city of Kanazawa and have remained […]

South Korea, Japan Still Pondering Defectors’ Fate

Posted September 14th, 2011 at 12:35 am (UTC-5)
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South Korean officials say they have not yet decided whether to take in nine North Korean defectors from Japan. A spokeswoman at the Unification Ministry told VOA Wednesday that officials will hold discussions with their counterparts in Japan, where nine North Koreans were found in a wooden boat Tuesday morning. She said South Korea will […]

Japan Questions Suspected North Korean Defectors

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 3:15 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese officials say they are questioning nine people who claim to be North Korean defectors trying to make their way to South Korea. Coast Guard officials say the people were discovered early Tuesday drifting in an eight-meter wooden boat off Japan’s western coast. They said the group included three men, three women and three children. […]

South Korea to Build Second North Korean Refugee Center

Posted June 22nd, 2011 at 1:50 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea says it will build a new resettlement center to handle the growing number of North Korean defectors and help them adjust to life in the capitalist country. A spokesman for the Unification Ministry says the new facility will accommodate about 500 people at a time. She said ground-breaking will take place in town […]

South Korea Rejects North Korea’s Demand to Return Defectors

Posted June 17th, 2011 at 1:15 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea says it will not send back nine North Korean asylum seekers who crossed the maritime border by boat nearly one week ago, despite Pyongyang’s demand for their return. The nine North Koreans were discovered late Saturday drifting in two small boats in the Yellow Sea. South Korea’s Red Cross sent a message to […]

South Korea Reports Arrival of Nine Defectors From North

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 4:50 am (UTC-5)
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South Korean officials say they are questioning nine North Koreans who requested asylum after drifting across the two countries’ maritime border in a small boat. Officials say the nine were discovered late Saturday in a Yellow Sea area not far from Yeonpyeong Island, where a North Korean artillery attack killed four South Koreans in November. […]

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