North Korean Defectors

Briefs, November 10, 2012

Oarsmen row a royal barge down Chao Phraya river. Photo: Reuters

Couple back in N Korea after stint in the South

Saturday, 10 November, 2012, 5:04am

South Korea bans activists from sending anti-North leaflets

South Korean troops and riot police on Monday prevented activists from sending anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the border after North Korea threatened a “merciless” military response.

Groups of North Korean defectors had planned to launch balloons carrying 200,000 propaganda leaflets at 1130am from Imjingak Park on the border near the town of Paju, some 60 kilometres north of Seoul.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

S Korean minister apologises for border lapse

South Korean Defence Minister Kim Kwan-jin bows in apology as he holds a press conference at the Ministry of Defence in Seoul on Monday. Photo: EPA

South Korea’s defence minister apologised on Monday for a security lapse that allowed a defecting North Korean soldier to walk unchecked across one of the world’s most fortified borders.

15 Oct 2012 - 3:06pm

Defection of North Korean soldier causes red faces in Seoul

Defection of North Korean soldier causes red faces in Seoul

A North Korean soldier who defected to the South managed to scale three barbed wire fences along one of the world's most heavily patrolled borders without being detected.

13 Oct 2012 - 3:50am

Letters to the Editor, October 12, 2012

Independence advocates must rethink. Photo: Dickson Lee

Hopes still high for new government

Newly elected Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has not enjoyed the so-called honeymoon period after taking office on July 1. There are numerous issues still plaguing him, from unauthorised building works found in his house to the government officials he appointed.

12 Oct 2012 - 3:16am 9 comments

S Korean army under probe for failed border watch

North Korean soldiers (back) look south as South Korean soldiers (foreground) stand guard at the border village of Panmunjom on October 9. Photo: AP

A South Korean army division faces embarrassing questions after a North Korean soldier travelled unchecked across one of the world’s most fortified borders and knocked on a guard post asking for asylum.

10 Oct 2012 - 5:05pm

Passages of freedom

There have already been unbelievable changes [in North Korea] and we know because we hear it ... from the refugeesMike Kim (left)

19 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

It's grim up north

It's where the law of the jungle rules, and where a father robs a son's food for his survival,' said North Korean defector Kim Gwang-soo as he testified last week about life inside the communist state's torture chambers and its most feared labour camp, Yodok.

12 May 2007 - 12:00am

Voice of hope

Kim Seong-min has stopped hiding. Eight months after his Free North Korea Radio station went live on shortwave, the 44-year-old says he no longer worries about assassins being sent from Pyongyang to eliminate him. Nor does he fear the left-wing students and union activists who have assaulted him in the past over his broadcasts.

11 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Life in a North Korean gulag: the musical

Director deals with knowledge that he may have caused father's death by defecting

It is the most unlikely subject for a musical since Springtime for Hitler.

Yoduk Story is a grisly tale of life in a North Korean prison camp, seen through the eyes of an actress imprisoned for the actions of her father. How it came to be staged is a worthy tale in its own right.

13 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Rescue of a few N Koreans hurts majority: expert

International and South Korean NGOs have inadvertently worsened the plight of tens of thousands of North Korean refugees in China by helping to stage high-profile defections into foreign embassies, according to an expert on North Korea.

10 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Too close for comfort

Korea and China have been close both geographically and historically. In fact, at one time, Korea was a tributary state of the Chinese empire, a relationship that ended when Japan colonised the peninsula at the end of the 19th century. In modern times, since China and South Korea established diplomatic relations in 1992, the two have developed ever closer economic and political ties.

26 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Fears for defector who didn't make it into embassy

Human rights groups have expressed concern about the fate of a man who failed to enter the Canadian embassy during a mass storming of the mission by a large group of North Korean defectors.

1 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

South Korea tries to pacify angry North over refugees

Relations have stalled since Seoul's acceptance of 450 defectors from Pyongyang

Seoul has made conciliatory overtures to Pyongyang after it expressed anger at the recent decision by South Korea to accept hundreds of North Korean refugees.

18 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Capitalist village first stop for defectors

South Korean charities assisting North Korean refugees will build a village for defectors from the communist state in a bid to help them to adapt to life under capitalism.

17 Aug 2004 - 12:00am