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N.K. Colleges Offer Online Programs amid Extended Vacation Caused by Virus Fears

N.K. Colleges Offer Online Programs amid Extended Vacation Caused by Virus Fears

SEOUL, March 30 (Korea Bizwire) — Colleges in North Korea are providing online programs for students amid an extended vacation, as the country is making all efforts to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, state media showed Monday. North Korea has not officially confirmed any coronavirus infections, but it has reportedly extended the winter [...]

N. Korean Defectors Eye Politics as Weapon to Make Voice Heard

N. Korean Defectors Eye Politics as Weapon to Make Voice Heard

SEOUL, March 19 (Korea Bizwire) — Back in North Korea, Ji Seong-ho saw elections as nothing more than a formality, because even a vote against the ruling Workers’ Party-picked candidates, let alone criticism of the government, could land voters in prison. Running for office was an unthinkable privilege reserved for elites and well-connected people. That’s [...]

U.S. Senators Introduce Bill to Help Korean Americans Reunite with N.K. Family Members

U.S. Senators Introduce Bill to Help Korean Americans Reunite with N.K. Family Members

WASHINGTON, March 6 (Korea Bizwire) — Two U.S. senators have introduced a bill aimed at helping Korean Americans reunite with family members in North Korea. Sens. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) on Thursday introduced the bipartisan Korean War Divided Families Reunification Act, which directs the U.S. secretary of state to prioritize arranging reunions [...]

UNC Says It Stands Ready to Approve DMZ Entry Requests Despite Coronavirus Concerns

UNC Says It Stands Ready to Approve DMZ Entry Requests Despite Coronavirus Concerns

SEOUL, March 5 (Korea Bizwire) — The United Nations Command (UNC) has said it stands ready to approve requests for entry into the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas in order to support aid provision, diplomatic meetings and other inter-Korean projects despite coronavirus concerns. “Things are quieter since #NorthKorea closed its borders due to #COVID19, [...]

One in Five N.K. Defectors Experienced Discrimination in S. Korea Last Year

One in Five N.K. Defectors Experienced Discrimination in S. Korea Last Year

SEOUL, Feb. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — About one out of five North Korean defectors experienced discrimination in South Korea last year mostly due to “cultural” differences, a survey showed Wednesday. According to the survey conducted by the Hana Foundation, a state-run agency that helps resettlement of North Korean defectors, 17.2 percent of 3,000 defectors polled [...]

Nuclear Talks in Limbo One Year After No-deal Hanoi Summit

Nuclear Talks in Limbo One Year After No-deal Hanoi Summit

SEOUL, Feb. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — Nuclear talks between the United States and North Korea remain in limbo a year after their no-deal summit in Hanoi, with their engagement hamstrung by mutual distrust, domestic politics and, most recently, Pyongyang’s focus on fending off an epidemic. The second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North [...]