Over the weekend, the North Koreans canceled the family reunions involving 100 North Koreans and 96 South Koreans scheduled for September 25-30 (Choe Sang-Hun for the New York Times; Yonhap). The statement issued by the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland (CPRF) contained a laundry list of grievances, from hostile statements by South […]
Hey, it’s the dog days of summer so we have to have a little fun with the headlines. Three follow-ons: the Chong Chon Gang seizure, family reunions, and Vice Media.
The North Korean offer of talks has all of the hallmarks of Pyongyang’s diplomacy. Pyongyang is “sincerely” and “magnanimously” inviting the South to fix—and pay for–problems of the North’s own creation. The offer is also transparently timed to coincide with the Obama-Xi summit, suggesting—probably wrongly—that the North is willing to do something substantive to unfreeze […]
The issue of divided families faces increasingly desperate demographics. Just do the math; a child who was 10 at the end of the Korean war is going on 70; a child who was 10 at the time of independence of the two Koreas in 1948 is going on 75. When we factor in declining life […]
There are more and more signs of a coordinated North Korean push for food assistance. Among the most recent indicators are efforts to bypass the LMB government and appeal directly to South Korean NGOs. The Ministry of Unification denied a request in August from the Korea NGO Council for Cooperation with North Korea to undertake […]