S Korea bureaucrat charged with spying

January 21, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Asia, Culture, Defection, Espionage, North Korea 

A bureaucrat in Seoul’s city government has been charged with spying for North Korea, after what appears to be an unusual breach of the South Korean civil service.

The arrest comes ahead of next month’s inauguration of Park Geun-hye, South Korea’s next president, who has promised to build trust and co-operation with the north.

The 33-year-old official – originally from North Korea – is accused of passing the details of more than 10,000 fellow defectors to Pyongyang’s security services. The arrest on January 11 of the man, identified only as Mr Yu, was first reported on Monday by Seoul’s Dong-a Ilbo newspaper, and subsequently confirmed by a South Korean intelligence official.

Read more: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/4ab28ef6-639f-11e2-af8c-00144feab49a.html#axzz2Ie47xROe

Drop in North Korean refugees to South Korea

January 2, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Culture, Defection, North Korea 

There has been a significant decrease in the number of refugees from North Korea to South Korea in 2012 compared with 2011, data from South Korea shows.

Just over 1,500 North Koreans arrived in the South in 2012 compared to more than 2,700 the previous year, according to the South’s Unification Ministry.

Activists say that the North, under Kim Jong-un, is taking stronger measures to prevent people from trying to leave.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20886386

S. Korea fails to block activists from dropping propaganda leaflets in North

October 22, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Asia, Censorhip, Defection, History, Info, North Korea, Prison Camp, Slave Labor, U.S. Policy 

SEOUL — South Korean police on Monday tried for hours to block a civic group from sending pro-democracy leaflets across the border by balloon after North Korea threatened the activists with a “merciless military strike,” but the South’s efforts ultimately failed.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/s-korea-blocks-activists-from-dropping-propaganda-leaflets-in-north/2012/10/22/b69ed022-1c26-11e2-ba31-3083ca97c314_story.html

North Korea Threatens Violent Response to Propaganda Campaign

October 19, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Asia, Culture, Defection, History, Info, North Korea, U.S. Policy, Unification 

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea threatened on Friday to attack the South if activists proceeded with a plan to send leaflets across the border criticizing the North Korean regime. South Korea’s military said it would immediately strike back if the North did so.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/20/world/asia/north-korea-threatens-violent-response-to-propaganda-campaign.html?_r=0

North Korea’s Underground Railroad to Freedom

October 17, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Culture, Defection, North Korea, Prison Camp, Slave Labor, Torture, U.S. Policy 

Former deputy editor of the Wall Street Journal Melanie Kirkpatrick has written a compelling book describing the tortuous path North Koreans must undertake across China to reach freedom in South Korea and other countries in the West. The book captures the multiple paths that desperate North Koreans have taken to arrive safely in South Korea and the West. It champions the sacrifices of dedicated individuals outside North Korea who have risked their lives to assist North Koreans in their road to freedom and to provide information back to North Korea about the outside world. And it savages the policies of governments including China, the United States, and South Korea for turning a blind eye to the suffering of North Koreans who are victims of an uncompromising totalitarian political system.

Read more: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/10/north-koreas-underground-railroad-to-freedom/263767/

A Defector Goes Unseen, Embarrassing South Korea

October 12, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Defection, Info, North Korea 

SEOUL, South Korea — A North Korean soldier who defected to South Korea this month not only scaled three barbed-wire fences along one of the world’s most heavily patrolled borders without being detected, he also had to knock on barracks doors — twice — when he reached the South to get any attention.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/12/world/asia/south-korea-is-rattled-by-border-guards-failure-to-spot-defector.html?_r=0

Defecting N.Korean Soldier ‘Saw No Hope’

October 8, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Defection, North Korea 

“A government source on Sunday said, “The primary reason for the soldier’s defection is that he realized the vast gap between North and South.” The motives for the killing of the two officers are still being investigated. The soldier is reportedly 17 years old. ”

Read more: http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2012/10/08/2012100801433.html

NK soldier kills 2, crosses border into SK

October 6, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Defection, North Korea 

South Korean soldiers stand guard at a traffic control gate near the truce village of Panmunjom, in the demilitarized zone that separates the two Koreas, in Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012.

SEOUL, South Korea — A North Korean soldier killed two of his superiors Saturday and defected to South Korea across the countries’ heavily armed border in a rare crossing that prompted South Korean troops to immediately beef up their border patrol, officials said.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/north-korean-soldier-defects-article-1.1176575