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South Korea's government and international rights organizations have said defectors who are deported back to the North face harsh punishment.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Oct 13, 2023
South Korea protests to China over suspected North Korea repatriations
South Korea had been unable to determine the number of people involved and whether there were defectors among them.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Nov 29, 2022
China can and should deter North Korea from nuclear aims, says South Korea's Yoon
Not doing do so would lead to an influx of military assets to the region, Yoon said, including higher defense spending in Japan and more deployments of American warplanes and ships.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Dec 30, 2021
South Korea presidential candidate pushes for nuclear-powered submarines
Lee Jae-myung also pledged to put aside "strategic ambiguity" in the face of an intensifying Sino-U.S. rivalry, vowing pragmatic diplomacy instead.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Dec 6, 2016
U.N. chief Ban may be unwitting loser in South Korean presidential scandal
Besides South Korean President Park Geun-hye, the biggest casualty of the country's mushrooming political corruption scandal may be the presidential aspirations of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics / ANALYSIS
Nov 23, 2016
As Park fights for survival, power vacuum weighs on South Korea
As the chorus grows louder for South Korean President Park Geun-hye to resign over a corruption scandal, a power vacuum is weighing on her administration, leaving her political survival in doubt and the vulnerable economy exposed to political shocks.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / ANALYSIS
Apr 16, 2016
North Korea likelier to try another nuclear test following failed missile launch, experts say
The likelihood of North Korea conducting a fifth nuclear test, possibly within weeks, has increased because of its failed missile launch on Friday, which was an embarrassing setback for leader Kim Jong Un, South Korean officials and international experts said.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / ANALYSIS
Apr 13, 2016
North Korea lifts veil on arms program to impress enemies and its own people
Ahead of a rare congress of the ruling party next month, secretive North Korea is revealing details of its weapons development program for the first time, showcasing its push to develop long-range nuclear missiles despite international sanctions.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Mar 31, 2016
North Korea in 'top-speed dash' for May congress, Kim's nuclear policy
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is poised to declare his signature ruling policy during a rare party congress in May and, despite tough new U.N. sanctions, it is likely to be the twin pursuit of nuclear prowess and economic development.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Aug 26, 2015
Korean peace meeting was a summit by proxy
The leaders of North and South Korea have not met for the last eight years, but the marathon 44-hour talks that brought the bitter rivals back from the brink of conflict was effectively a summit by proxy.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
May 31, 2015
Drought-hit North Korea seen as staving off food crisis
North Korea has updated farming methods and switched crops that could help soften the blow of drought and avert a disastrous food shortage, an aid worker and an analyst said Sunday, after a U.N. official warned of another "huge food deficit."
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / FOCUS
May 22, 2014
North Korean nuclear missiles 'imminent,' some experts fear
North Korea, which this month threatened to carry out a fourth nuclear test, may be closer than previously thought to mounting a nuclear warhead on a missile, some experts say, making a mockery of years of U.N. sanctions aimed at curbing its efforts to obtain nuclear weapons.

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