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Seoul city official acquitted of spying charges

SEOUL, Aug. 22 (Yonhap) -- A South Korean court on Thursday acquitted a Seoul city official posing as a North Korean defector of carrying out espionage activities for the communist regime. The Seoul Central District Court delivered the not-guilty verdict, citing a lack of credibility and consistency in the testimony of a key witness.

China to send N. Korean defectors to Seoul: source

BEIJING, Aug. 19 (Yonhap) -- China has decided to allow North Korean defector Kim Kwang-ho and his family, who were detained by Beijing in July after fleeing their homeland, to leave for South Korea, a diplomatic source with knowledge of the matter said Monday. South Korea and China have been quietly arranging a schedule to bring Kim, his wife and their daughter to Seoul, and they are likely to arrive in the South this month, the source said on the condition of anonymity.

China to send N. Korean defectors to Seoul: source

BEIJING, Aug. 19 (Yonhap) -- China has decided to allow North Korean defector Kim Kwang-ho and his family, who were detained by Beijing in July after fleeing their homeland, to leave for South Korea, a diplomatic source with knowledge of the matter said Monday. South Korea and China have been quietly arranging a schedule to bring Kim, his wife and their daughter to Seoul, and they are likely to arrive in the South this month, the source said on the condition of anonymity.

North Korea's Kim tries new tack with defectors: being nice

Kim Jong Un promises defectors they will not be harmed if they come home. To some, he's even offering cash rewards.

S. Korean PM asks for young N.K. defectors' role in reunification

SEOUL, Aug. 14 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's Prime Minister called on young North Korean defectors Wednesday to play an active role in national reunification and vowed support for them, officials said. "As future leaders in the era of the reunification, elite North Korean defectors can vividly describe (to the North) the circumstances here, especially what freedom and happiness mean," Prime Minister Chung Hong-won said during a luncheon with a group of adolescents who defected to the South from their communist homeland.

NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 274 (August 8, 2013)

*** TOPIC OF THE WEEK (Part 2) U.N. Commission Begins Investigation into N. Korean Rights Abuses SEOUL (Yonhap) -- A United Nations commission on human rights abuses in North Korea began its official investigation by interviewing North Korean defectors in South Korea for the first time since its launch earlier this year, sources said on July 31.

U.S. vows to closely monitor Laotian policy on NK defectors

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, July 23 (Yonhap) -- The U.S. government will keep close tabs on a Laotian policy on North Korean defectors, an incoming envoy said Tuesday, amid speculation that Laos is no longer a safe haven for North Koreans fleeing their hunger-stricken communist nation. Laos came under criticism from the international community for deporting nine North Korean orphans -- age 15 to 23 -- back to China in May. They were apparently repatriated later to North Korea.

N. Korean defectors in S. Korea on the rise

SEOUL, July 21 (Yonhap) -- The annual number of North Korean defectors seeking refuge in South Korea, which had been dropping since 2009, took an upturn in the first half of this year, government data showed Sunday. A total of 717 defectors came to live in South Korea in the first half, slightly up from 710 a year ago, according to a tally by the Ministry of Unification.

N.K. defector sent to prison camp after returning home: lawmaker

SEOUL, July 16 (Yonhap) -- A North Korean defector who returned to her communist homeland from South Korea appears to have been sent to a concentration camp in the North, a Seoul lawmaker claimed Tuesday. The defector, Ko Kyung-hee, was one of four North Koreans who Pyongyang claimed in January had returned home after enduring unbearable hardships in the South. Ko gave a press conference on North Korean TV at the time, saying that she had slipped back in through China because she missed her children in the North.

N.K. defector sent to prison camp after returning home: lawmaker

SEOUL, July 16 (Yonhap) -- A North Korean defector who returned to her communist homeland from South Korea appears to have been sent to a concentration camp in the North, a Seoul lawmaker claimed Tuesday. The defector, Ko Kyung-hee, was one of four North Koreans who Pyongyang claimed in January had returned home after enduring unbearable hardships in the South. Ko gave a press conference on North Korean TV at the time, saying that she had slipped back in through China because she missed her children in the North.
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