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2006-05-19 22:54:48

SEOUL (Reuters) - Four North Koreans scaled the wall of a U.S. consulate in China to seek asylum in the United States, South Korean media reported on Saturday, the first such defections since Washington granted refugee status to North Koreans earlier this month. Yonhap news agency, citing unnamed sources, said three men and one woman left South Korea's consulate in the northeastern city of Shenyang, where they had been given refuge, to enter the nearby U.S. mission. Yonhap quoted an...

2006-05-03 08:41:32

SEOUL (Reuters) - A group of 10 North Koreans in Southeast Asian countries are staying at U.S. embassies and want to make a rare defection to the United States, South Korea's public broadcaster reported on Wednesday. North Koreans defectors typically head to South Korea, where they are granted automatic citizenship and given assistance to help them settle in the country. Broadcaster KBS said the North Koreans are seeking to leave for the United States as early as this week, citing...

2006-03-30 18:28:49

CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters) - The White House expressed grave concern on Thursday at China's deportation of a North Korean woman who sought asylum there. White House spokesman Scott McClellan said China had deported the woman to North Korea despite attempts by the United States, South Korea and the U.N. refugee agency to raise the case with Beijing. The White House expressed its concern as Bush prepares for a visit to Washington by Chinese President Hu Jintao on April 20. "The United...

2006-03-30 16:44:12

CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters) - The White House expressed grave concern on Thursday at China's deportation of a North Korean woman who sought asylum there. White House spokesman Scott McClellan said China had deported the woman to North Korea despite attempts by the United States, South Korea and the U.N. refugee agency to raise the case with Beijing. The White House expressed its concern as Bush prepares for a visit to Washington by Chinese President Hu Jintao on April 20. "The United...

2006-03-22 07:31:22

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has no people with physical disabilities because they are killed almost as soon as they are born, a physician who defected from the communist state said on Wednesday. Ri Kwang-chol, who fled to the South last year, told a forum of rights activists that the practice of killing newborns was widespread but denied he himself took part in it. "There are no people with physical defects in North Korea," Ri told members of the New Right Union, which...

2006-03-19 18:46:47

SEOUL (Reuters) - Five North Koreans defected to South Korea on a small fishing boat that was found adrift on the southern side of the heavily guarded nautical border, an army spokesman said on Sunday. The five defectors were apparently a family of four that included a man in his 30s, identified by his surname Lee, his wife, two children and one other person close the family, the Yonhap news agency reported, quoting army and police officials. The army spokesman declined to give...

2006-03-18 22:19:30

SEOUL (Reuters) - Five North Koreans defected to South Korea on a small fishing boat that was found adrift on the southern side of the heavily guarded nautical border, an army spokesman said on Sunday. The five defectors were apparently a family of four that included a man in his 30s, identified by his surname Lee, his wife, two children and one other person close the family, the Yonhap news agency reported, quoting army and police officials. The army spokesman declined to give...

2006-02-23 17:18:12

By Paul Eckert, Asia Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government has failed to implement 2004 legislation aimed at promoting human rights in North Korea and giving asylum to refugees from that communist state, senior U.S. legislators said. In a letter this week to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, U.S. senators and congressmen said the State Department must swiftly implement the North Korean Human Rights Act and take the lead in tackling the North's refugee crisis....

2006-02-17 01:43:49

SEOUL (Reuters) - Some North Korean cheerleaders who took part in athletic events in the South have been jailed at a prison camp after returning home, a survivor of another camp said on Friday, quoting recent defectors from the communist state. Twenty-one young women were accused of revealing their experience in the South against a code of silence to which they swore, said Kang Chol-hwan, who himself escaped the North in 1992, quoting North Korean defectors now in China. Kang is the...

2006-01-23 20:05:20

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - The South Korean movie "Typhoon" has a little something to make a lot of people nervous. The story touches on one of the worst fears of global strategists -- a hell-bent North Korean who has acquired weapons of mass destruction. The cost of the film touches on one of the worst fears of movie studios -- it is the most expensive South Korean movie ever and, as such, depended on a strong box office showing to avoid becoming a historic...


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