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High-profile N.K. Defector to Use Adopted Name in April Elections Bid

High-profile N.K. Defector to Use Adopted Name in April Elections Bid

SEOUL, Feb. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — Thae Yong-ho, a high-profile North Korean defector, said Sunday he will run in April’s parliamentary elections under a different name, one that he has used in his passport and all other official documents to evade Pyongyang’s tracking since his 2016 defection. Thae, a former No. 2 diplomat at North [...]

Nearly Half of Defectors Engage in Private Economic Activities While in N. Korea

Nearly Half of Defectors Engage in Private Economic Activities While in N. Korea

SEOUL, Feb. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — Nearly half of North Korean defectors had experience of engaging in private-sector economic activities back in the communist nation, a poll showed Thursday. According to the poll conducted by the Korean Association of North Korean Studies and Hyundai Research Institute on North Korean defectors, 48 percent said that they [...]

One in Three S. Korean Students Says Korean Peninsula Not Peaceful

One in Three S. Korean Students Says Korean Peninsula Not Peaceful

SEOUL, Feb. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — About one in three South Korean students sees the Korean Peninsula as not peaceful, a government poll showed Tuesday, apparently reflecting chilled inter-Korean relations and stalemated denuclearization talks. According to the survey of 66,042 students at 598 elementary, middle and high schools across the country during the October-November period [...]

High-profile N. Korean Defector Announces Bid to Run in April Elections

High-profile N. Korean Defector Announces Bid to Run in April Elections

SEOUL, Feb. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — A high-profile North Korean defector officially announced his bid to run in the April parliamentary elections Tuesday, vowing to work for inter-Korean unification if elected. Thae Yong-ho, a former senior North Korean diplomat, joined the main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) and will run in a constituency in Seoul [...]

N. Korea Continues Group Events Despite Fears over New Coronavirus

N. Korea Continues Group Events Despite Fears over New Coronavirus

SEOUL, Feb. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — North Koreans have been moving around in large groups without wearing masks in state-organized events despite the government’s campaign to prevent an outbreak of the new coronavirus, according to state media reports on Tuesday. The North’s main newspaper, the Rodong Sinmun, carried photos of participants in a 250-mile journey [...]