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North Korea defectors' details leaked in hacking

Dec 28, 2018 - 6:23 PM

The recent data breach is the first large scale hacking of North Korean defectors' personal information, affecting nearly a thousand

HACKED. About a thousand North Korean defectors are in danger of potential threats from the North after the recent hacking. File photo from Shutterstock

North Korea defector soldier is general's son – Japan newspaper

Nov 19, 2018 - 4:56 PM

Oh Chong-song's dramatic dash across the border at the Panmunjeom truce village in the DMZ – under fire from his comrades – made global headlines last year

(FILES) This file image of a screengrab made from video footage released by the United Nations Command on November 22, 2017 shows a North Korea defector running out from a vehicle at the Joint Security Area of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The North Korean soldier who defected to the South in a hail of bullets last year is a general's son but says most Northerners of his age have no loyalty to Kim Jong Un, according to a Japanese newspaper on November 19, 2018. HANDOUT / UNITED NATIONS COMMAND / AFP

2 North Koreans defect to South – Yonhap

May 19, 2018 - 6:16 PM

It is the first defection by any North Korean since a historic summit between the two Koreas which saw their leaders agree to pursue the denuclearization of the peninsula and a permanent peace

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North Korean defector watching U.S. TV shows, K-Pop

Nov 22, 2017 - 5:38 PM

The 24-year-old North Korean solider, identified only by his surname, Oh, watches Hollywood hits like robot action flick 'Transformers' and forensic whodunnit 'CSI,' and can't get enough of K-Pop

North Korean defector stable after shooting, but riddled with parasites

Nov 16, 2017 - 4:47 PM

A North Korean soldier shot multiple times while defecting to the South is in a stable condition but riddled with parasites that could complicate his chances of survival

BRIEFING. South Korean doctor Lee Cook-Jong, who carried out surgery on gunshot wounds sustained by a North Korean soldier, speaks about the condition of the soldier during a briefing at Ajou University Hospital in Suwon, south of Seoul, on November 15, 2017. Stringer/Yonhap/AFP

Seoul to up reward to North Korean defectors with intel – report

Mar 05, 2017 - 5:24 PM

The government currently offers up to 217 000 to defectors from the North with sensitive information but this would be the first increase in reward money in two decades

In this file photo, a North Korean soldier (L) and a South Korean soldier (R) stand opposite each other at the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas on February 4, 2015.  Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

South Korea warns of possible North Korean assassination squads

Aug 21, 2016 - 3:44 PM

UPDATED It s highly likely that North Korea will make various attempts to prevent further defections and unrest among its people says a South Korean official

South Korea releases North Korean restaurant defectors

Aug 16, 2016 - 8:59 PM

A Unification Ministry official says the dozen waitresses and their manager had been released into society last week

South Korea lawyers file police complaint over North defectors

Jun 24, 2016 - 2:30 PM

Lawyers ask that National Intelligence Service chief Lee Byung Ho be investigated for abuse of power accusing him of holding the women against their will and denying them access to the lawyers

COMPLAINT. A file picture dated June 2, 2016 shows North Korean waitresses serving guests at a North Korean-run restaurant in Beijing, China. According to media reports on June 21, 2016, a South Korean court is holding a hearing into the detention of 12 North Koreans, who reportedly defected to the South in April 2016. File photo by Wu Hong/EPA

Row over N. Korea defectors echoes in Seoul court

Jun 21, 2016 - 10:05 AM

UPDATED The closed door hearing pitted officials from South Korea s spy agency against a group of human rights lawyers who contend the defectors are being illegally detained

A South Korean soldier walks along a military fence on the road leading to North Korea's Kaesong joint industrial complex at a military checkpoint in the border city of Paju near the Demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas on January 8, 2016. Jung Yeon-je/AFP

'The Interview': no laughing matter for N. Korean defectors

Jan 03, 2015 - 6:36 PM

Defectors react to the movie with a mixture of shock and bafflement

A woman takes a picture of a poster for the film 'The Interview' outside of Regal Theater in New York, New York, USA, 18 December 2014. Photo by Justin Lane/ EPA