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Tearful North Korean waitresses: Our 'defector' colleagues were tricked - CNN

Pyongyang (CNN) The door opens and seven women walk quietly into the ornate lobby of the Koryo Hotel in Pyongyang. Their faces are expressionless. Most wear little or no makeup, black jackets, and patriotic red lapel pins. What North Korean defections ...and more »

NK's founding father, Kim Il-sung - Korea Times

On the 15th of April, North Korea had lavish celebrations for Kim Il Sung's birthday, officially known as "Day of the Sun". These celebrations can be seen as an embodiment of the personality cult going mad, but one should not think that all this ...and more »

US Forces Korea Nominee: North Korea is 'Moving in the Wrong Direction' - USNI News

North Korea is “moving in the wrong direction” with its escalating approach to crisis on the peninsula and in the region while voicing threats of nuclear attack on the United States and its allies and partners, the Army four-star general nominated to ...and more »

Familiarity Breeds South Korean Indifference to the North's Threats - Radio Free Asia

South Korean activists display banners lampooning North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as police block the launch of anti-North Korea balloons across the border on the birthday of the North's founding leader Kim Il Sung, April 15, 2016. AFP. If you read the ...and more »

The Iran-North Korea Connection - The Diplomat

In late March, South Korean news agency Yonhap revealed that officials from a blacklisted North Korean company, Korea Mining Development Trading Corp., had visited Iran. As the UN Security Council recently tightened sanctions against Pyongyang in ...and more »

North Korean women say 13 co-workers were 'tricked' into defecting -

WATCH: The co-workers of the 13 North Korean defectors say their friends were abducted by South Korea. X. - A A +. Listen. On April 8, South Korea announced that 13 North Koreans working at a restaurant in China defected to the South. It was the ...and more »

How North Korea Gets Around UN Sanctions - The Diplomat

A new UN report emphasizes continued blindness — willful or not — to North Korea's illicit activities. By 38 North / Andrea Berger for The Diplomat. April 21, 2016. This article was first published at 38 North, a blog of the U.S.-Korea Institute at ...and more »

North Korea Proposes Having 13 Defectors to the South Meet With Relatives - New York Times

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea proposed on Thursday to send family members to meet with 13 North Korean restaurant workers who arrived in South Korea this month in what was described by the South as a rare group defection. The South immediately ...and more »

Lee So-yeon speaks out for NK female defectors - Korea Times

Lee So-yeon, 40, remembers her hometown of Hoeryeong, North Hamgyeong Province, North Korea, as a town of white apricots. "White apricots, not the usual orange ones, which people used to say would make you a beauty," she said, smiling faintly. It is a ...and more »

US says North Korean remittances at risk if it conducts nuclear test - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A fifth North Korean nuclear test could trigger new sanctions including an effort to choke off hard currency earnings by its workers abroad, the top U.S. diplomat for the Asia-Pacific region has said. North Korean leader Kim Jong ...and more »