Monday, December 18, 2006

North Korea related news

December 1 5, 2006: A survey of North Korean refugees in China revealed that 40 percent of them had never encountered any foreign food aid, and that nearly all of them left North Korea because of food shortages. There are believed to be at least 100,000 North Korean refugees in northern China, all of them there illegally. North Korea has turned down more food aid recently, because the aid had to be accompanied by inspectors to make sure that the food got to the people who needed it.

December 13, 2006: In the last month, there has been an increase in violence against North Koreans working in eastern Russia (adjacent to North Korea). At least two North Koreans have been beaten to death, and many more injured. North Korea basically provides very low cost labor to Russian companies. North Korea then keeps most of the money the workers do earn, meaning that the workers are basically enslaved. Local Russians resent these labor practices, as it lowers wages in general, and deprives Russians of employment opportunities.

December 8, 2006: South Korea indicted five people on charges of spying for North Korea. One of those charged is a Korean-American, two others are officials of a leftist South Korean political party. This is the largest North Korean spy operation to be discovered in the past five years. This spy ring was seeking military information, especially details on the current reorganization of U.S. forces in South Korea.Military news

The prosecutors named U.S. citizen Michael Jang, 44, as the ring leader, saying they suspect him of first making contact with North Korean agents in 1998 in China.

Jang is suspected of passing on directives from the North to junior ring leaders including calls to intensify anti-U.S. demonstrations timed to U.S. President George W. Bush's visit to South Korea last year to attend an Asia-Pacific summit, the prosecution said.washingtonpost

But why does this Korean American want to fuel Anti-Americanism?

Nowhere to call home: Life as a Korean-American gyopo

Did he finally find his home at North Korea?

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