South Korean Defence Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo bows in apology for the military's failure to detect the boat. Photo: EPA

South Korean general sacked for failing to detect boat carrying defectors from North

  • The military did not notice the small wooden boat – carrying four North Koreans – until a civilian had alerted the police
  • It arrived at a port roughly 260km east of Seoul on June 15, with two of the passengers defecting and the other two choosing to return to the North
Topic |   South Korea

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South Korean Defence Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo bows in apology for the military's failure to detect the boat. Photo: EPA
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North Korea criminalises those who cross the border irregularly, according to a UN human rights official. Photo: AP

Don’t deport North Korean escapees, UN human rights official urges China

  • Dozens of North Koreans rounded up in China in recent months and those sent back face severe punishment, activists say
Topic |   North Korea

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North Korea criminalises those who cross the border irregularly, according to a UN human rights official. Photo: AP
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