Defecting from North Korea

While the world watches North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump go from enemies to friends, the regime’s humanitarian abuses fade further into the background. Thousands of people slave away in labour camps, millions are undernourished and everyone lives a life under government scrutiny. We hear from defector Jihyun Park, who…

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Report: Russia secretly proposed building North Korea a nuclear power plant

U.S. intelligence officials say Russia made a secret proposal to North Korea last fall —dismantle its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles in exchange for a nuclear power plant, the Washington Post reports. The big picture: This marks yet another example of an emboldened Russia intervening publicly and privately in key global hotspots, often in direct…

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Satellite images show activity at a missile base in North Korea

Despite diplomatic efforts by the U.S., new satellite images show that North Korea has expanded an unidentified long-range missile base along the “mountainous interior of the country,” CNN’s Zachary Cohen reports. Why it matters: The construction does not technically violate any agreement between the U.S. and South Korea, per CNN. However, the activity shown from…

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Pompeo Says He Expects to Travel to North Korea Soon for Talks

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The fragile diplomatic dance between US and North Korea

One year ago, US President Donald Trump mocked North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as “rocket man” and threatened to “totally destroy” his country. This week, after positive inter-Korean talks in Pyongyang, Trump tweeted that progress there was “very exciting!”. It is remarkable how, in just 12 months, relations have swung around from threats of atomic…

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UN General Assembly 2018: Key issues from Rohingya to North Korea

World leaders will meet at the United Nations General Assembly from September 25.  Representatives from almost 200 countries convene to discuss the most important political and policy issues affecting the world today. Al Jazeera explores where the world stands on some of those subjects, and what’s expected at General Assembly: The Rohingya UN Secretary-General Antonio…

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China’s Xi to Send Top Ally to North Korea Anniversary

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How Islamophobia is driving anti-refugee sentiment in Korea

Seoul/Jeju, South Korea – Ko Minja has yet to meet one of the 550-plus Yemeni asylum seekers who arrived on South Korea’s Jeju island earlier this year, or visit any of the areas they are living. Still, the 59-year-old restaurant owner has no second thoughts about not wanting them on the island. “The Yemenis are scary. They will rape…

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