Interviews

Interviews with North Korean refugees and experts.

Tuesday 6th September, 2016
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“Because North Korea is a very patriarchal society, I heard that the wives are very devoted to their husbands. Is that true?” South Korean men are taking an interest in North Korean women as poten...

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Thursday 25th April, 2013
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New Focus talks to Mike Glendinning from EAHRNK (European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea). What is the main purpose of EAHRNK? We want to raise awareness within Europe of the human rights si...

Tuesday 16th April, 2013
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In conversation with Governor Kim Moon-soo, a true progressive Governor Kim Moon-soo believes that “If civil servants are corrupt, the country will fall,” and that “[they] must be upright for th...

Wednesday 21st November, 2012
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New Focus talks to Andy Glynne from Mosaic Films. They are producing an animated feature film based on Barbara Demick’s Nothing to Envy. You can get involved by clicking here. New Focus: Why North K...

Tuesday 13th November, 2012
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‘Re-defection’, according to the DPRK regime, is a rising trend. Already this year, the DPRK has hosted three press conferences regarding those who have ‘re-defected’ to North Korea on discove...

Friday 12th October, 2012
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In November 2011, Lee (pseudonym) defected from North Korea, and received South Korean citizenship in March this year. In North Korea, Lee worked in the Financial Administration Department of the Cent...

Thursday 4th October, 2012
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Earlier this year, the South Korean National Assembly saw North Korean defector Cho Myung-chul elected as a Member for the first time in its constitutional history. The event had an added emotional si...

Friday 14th September, 2012
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For Part 1 of this interview, click here. NF: When North Korean defectors arrive in South Korea, they are usually preoccupied with their own problems and livelihoods. How did you come to help other de...

Thursday 13th September, 2012
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When North Korean defectors make it to South Korea and encounter difficulties with settling in, they do not always turn to the official support systems for help. Many turn instead turn to Kim Yong-hwa...

Wednesday 1st August, 2012
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An exclusive interview with one of Kim’s former dietitians: What Kim Jong-il’s diet consisted of every day, every month, every year. Before defecting to South Korea in 2010, 45 year-old Ki...