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Lee, Yoon Offer Diverging Views on Dealing with N. Korea

Lee, Yoon Offer Diverging Views on Dealing with N. Korea

SEOUL, Jan. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — Ruling party presidential candidate Lee Jae-myung has called for simultaneously pursuing North Korea’s denuclearization and sanctions relief, while his main opposition rival Yoon Suk-yeol has vowed to strengthen the extended deterrence provided by the United States. Lee of the liberal ruling Democratic Party and Yoon of the conservative People [...]

Gov’t to Launch New Team to Support Vulnerable N. Korean Defectors

Gov’t to Launch New Team to Support Vulnerable N. Korean Defectors

SEOUL, Jan. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — The South Korean government is preparing to launch a new team to step up support for North Korean defectors suffering from economic and psychological difficulties after resettlement here, officials said Thursday. The team — which will comprise of officials from different government agencies, including the unification ministry and the [...]

Rights Watchdog Rejects Petition over Gov’t Decision to Penalize Defector Group over Leafleting Campaign

Rights Watchdog Rejects Petition over Gov’t Decision to Penalize Defector Group over Leafleting Campaign

SEOUL, Jan. 2 (Korea Bizwire) — The state human rights watchdog has rejected a petition accusing the government of a human rights violation over its decision to revoke the license of an anti-North Korea group of defectors for sending propaganda leaflets across the border, sources said Sunday. The petition was filed with the National Human [...]

N. Korea Focuses on Economy in 2022 Policy Direction, Skips Specific Messages on S. Korea, U.S.

N. Korea Focuses on Economy in 2022 Policy Direction, Skips Specific Messages on S. Korea, U.S.

SEOUL, Jan. 1 (Korea Bizwire) — North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made clear he will place policy priorities in 2022 on developing the national economy and bolstering antivirus efforts, according to Pyongyang’s state media Saturday. He delivered the message during a major Workers’ Party plenary held earlier this week to set the policy directions for [...]

N. Korea Expands Online Education for Workers

N. Korea Expands Online Education for Workers

SEOUL, Dec. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — North Korea is spurring online education at major universities as part of efforts to train “intellectual-type workers” with science and technology expertise, according to its state media Monday. The North’s main newspaper, the Rodong Sinmun, said around 100,000 workers are currently enrolled for online classes across the country, including [...]

N. Korean Economy Unlikely to Face Imminent Crisis Despite Sanctions, COVID-19: Experts

N. Korean Economy Unlikely to Face Imminent Crisis Despite Sanctions, COVID-19: Experts

SEOUL, Dec. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — North Korea’s economy is unlikely to face an imminent crisis despite struggles stemming from crippling sanctions and border restrictions due to anti-virus efforts, experts said Wednesday. The North has continued imports of essential economic materials, such as crude oil and fertilizers, which lessens the chances of its industries becoming [...]

IFRC Allocates $1.2 mln to Help N. Korea Fight Against COVID-19

IFRC Allocates $1.2 mln to Help N. Korea Fight Against COVID-19

SEOUL, Dec. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has allocated 1.1 million Swiss francs (US$1.2 million) to help North Korea combat the COVID-19 pandemic from January last year to June next year, its interim financial report showed. According to the COVID-19 Outbreak 20-Month Update, the organization [...]

Most S. Koreans with Families in N. Korea Have No Information on Their Fate: Poll

Most S. Koreans with Families in N. Korea Have No Information on Their Fate: Poll

SEOUL, Dec. 9 (Korea Bizwire) — Eight out of 10 families divided by the 1950-53 Korean War have yet to confirm the fate of their parents and siblings in North Korea, a government survey showed Thursday. According to the unification ministry’s poll on 5,354 separated family members living in South Korea and abroad, 82 percent [...]