North Korean defectors turn to faith to cope with transition to South Korea
May 10, 2018 SEOUL, South Korea- At age 12, Sungju Lee survived on the streets of North Korea by scrounging food with street gangs. Nineteen years later, he is living in Seoul, soon to start a doctorate in conflict analysis and resolution at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
North Korea Says US Crossed the Red Line, Inter-Country Relations on 'War Law'
Jul 29, 2016 North Korea’s diplomat for US affairs said that the US had “crossed the red line” by putting leader Kim Jong Un on its sanction list for alleged human rights abuses documented by the United Nations Human Rights Commission. The country said that it is now at war with the US, and might retaliate if the US and South Korea hold annual military exercise scheduled for next month.
North Korea Threatens to Cease Negotiations with US After Former Detainee Missionary Openly Criticizes Regime
Jun 29, 2016 North Korean government said that they will cease negotiations with United States to free the two American detainees after missionary Kenneth Bae released a book describing his experience of imprisonment in the country.
North Korean Defector Reaches Out to Countrymen with Message of Gospel through Radio Show
Jun 01, 2016 North Korean defector and Christian missionary Kim Chung-seong takes gospel music to his countrymen through a radio show ‘Hello from Seoul, the Republic of Korea,’ the Reuters reported.
North Korea Sentences American Student Otto Warmbier to 15 Years of Prison with Hard Labor
Mar 17, 2016 American Student Otto Warmbier has been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor by North Korean Supreme Court for allegedly working against state interests by attempting to steal a propaganda poster from his hotel lobby.
US Student Detained in North Korea Apologizes for 'Severe and Pre-Planned Crime' on TV
Mar 02, 2016 The American college student, Otto Frederick Warmbier, who is detained in North Korea since January 2 appeared in a state-sponsored news conference, confessing to severe crime of trying to steal a political banner from hotel.
North Korea Claims Testing Hydrogen Bomb, World Leaders and China Condemn Move
Jan 07, 2016 North Korea said on its national television that it has successfully tested a “miniaturized” hydrogen bomb, even as the claim is being verified by experts around the world.
North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un Declares “Quasi-State of War” on South Korea: Two Nations Exchange Artillery Rounds Across Border
Aug 21, 2015 Kim Jong-Un, the communist leader of North Korea declared a “quasi-state of war” on South Korea on Friday, Aug 20. The decision was made hours after South Korea launched dozens of 155-millimeter artillery rounds across the border that divides the two nations. The exchange of fire began on Thursday afternoon when North Korea fired a round, which landed in Yeoncheon, a South Korean border town.
International Pressure on North Korea Must Continue, Delegates Said During Panel at the UN on North Korean Human Rights
May 04, 2015 The United States Mission to the United Nations hosted "Victims' Voices: A Conversation on North Korean Human Rights," a panel of testimonies from North Korean defectors at the United Nations headquarters in New York on April 30 at 10:30 AM. Representatives from each country, 30 defectors, leaders of Korean human rights organizations, and international press were present. Joseph Kim, Jin-Hye Jo, and Hye-Sook Kim testified regarding the human rights conditions in North Korea.
"Maintaining Focus on North Korean Human Rights Violations"; The Heritage Foundation Holds Panels on Rights in North Korea
Apr 30, 2015 On Tuesday, the Heritage Foundation held two panels in Washington D.C. for the topic of human rights violations in North Korea. The focus of the panel was based on an inquiry report by the United Nations Commission of Inquiry.
Suzanne Scholte, Chairman of North Korea Freedom Coalition: "Every Day I'm Pushed to My Limits... But I Desperately Depend on God"
Apr 30, 2015 When asked when her most difficult moment was, Suzanne Scholte, the chairman of North Korea Freedom Coalition, said she feels she's pushed to her limits every single day. It was an unexpected answer from someone who dared to pioneer into a field in which no one had any interest, and built it up to become what it is today. Scholte said that in the countless moments in which she felt pushed to her limits, she remembers the first prayer she prayed, and desperately asks God for help.
Candlelight Protest Calls on China to Stop Repatriating North Korean Refugees
Apr 29, 2015 A gathering of some 30 people gathered in front of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China (PRC) in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday night, protesting "their brutal treatment of North Korean refugees." The candlelight protest was a scheduled part of the North Korea Freedom Week (NKFW), a week-long event taking place from April 26 to May 7 to spread greater awareness of the condition of North Korea hosted by the North Korea Freedom Coalition.
North Korean Government Bans Citizens From Sharing Name With Kim Jong-un
Dec 05, 2014 The North Korean government has released a directive banning all citizens from sharing a name with the country’s current leader Kim Jong Un. Details of the administrative order were revealed by a North Korean defector to KBS TV, a local television network in South Korea.
North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un Gives Sister Senior Government Position
Nov 28, 2014 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has appointed his youngest sister, Kim Yo Jong, as the vice department director of the state’s Central Committee. News about the female Kim’s rise to political power was first reported by KCNA, a state-funded newspaper. According to the news outlet, the two were recently seen touring a cartoon film studio in North Korea on Thursday.
After Two Years, Kenneth Bae Released from Detainment in North Korea
Nov 10, 2014 Kenneth Bae, who had been detained in North Korea’s labor camps for the last two years, was released on Saturday, along with Matthew Todd Miller. With the release of these two Americans, there are now no more Americans in captivity in North Korea. “We have been waiting for and praying for this day for two years,” Terri Chung, Bae’s sister, said in a statement. “This ordeal has been excruciating for the family, but we are filled with joy right now.”