June 2, 2013 |
SEOUL - Laos is coming under increasing international criticism for its unusual decision to turn over to the North Korean government nine defectors, most of them homeless teenagers. The young North Koreans were arrested by Laotian authorities May 10 just across the border from southwestern China, in Laos' Oudomxay province. Also arrested were two South Korean missionaries who had been helping the North Koreans in an attempt to reach South Korea. "We have received credible information that the nine young North Korean defectors were subsequently returned to [North Korea]
May 7, 2006 |
In a cloak-and-dagger operation, six North Korean defectors arrived in the United States over the weekend in the first effort sponsored by the U.S. government to give political asylum to North Koreans. The State Department has kept tight wraps on the operation, but activists confirmed that the refugees had flown in late Friday and had been taken immediately to an undisclosed location for debriefing.
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January 4, 2003 |
As tensions over North Korea's nuclear weapons program continue to mount, a group of human rights advocates who work with North Korean refugees has been telling American Christians they should help try to bring down that country's Stalinist regime. Norbert Vollertsen, a German doctor; the Rev.
March 20, 2009 |
At a time of escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula, two American TV journalists and their guide were taken into custody by North Korea while shooting video near the sensitive border region between China and the isolated state. Laura Ling and Euna Lee were on assignment with San Francisco-based Current TV when they were seized Tuesday. The guide, whose name was not released, is a Chinese citizen. Their detention was confirmed by activists who had helped arrange the reporting trip.
October 27, 2002 |
SEOUL -- It was bitterly cold in his North Korean village the night of April 8, 1997, Yu Sang Jun recalls. With no heat, he huddled under a flimsy blanket with his 4-year-old son, Chul Yoong. It had been days since their last meal, watery soup boiled from grass. For five days, they had been too depleted to move. Early in the evening, Yu heard the child say: "Daddy, I want some noodles." Father and son drifted back into a hazy sleep. When Yu awoke, his son's body had grown cold.
March 30, 2009 |
A stray dog skitters back and forth on the frozen Tumen River, oblivious to the fact that he is crossing an international border. Gravel and weeds protrude through the thin layer of ice. From the fallow winter cornfields, the North Koreans are so close you can see the large parcels they carry on their backs for lack of motorized transport.