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“Human Rights Abuses in North Korea” at the 37th Human Rights Council session (March, 14th)

On March 14th, PSCORE co-hosted its own side event entitled “Human Rights Abuses in North Korea” at the 37th Human Rights Council session. PSCORE member Bada started off the event by discussing the prevalence of child labor abuse in North Korea. He was then followed by North Korean defector, Joy, who compared child labor in …

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37th session of the United Nations Humans Rights Council (March 9th-14th)

On the 12th of March, PSCORE’s founder and executive director, Young-Il Kim, presented his oral statement as part of the interactive dialogue of the Special Rapporteur, where he talked about corruption and human rights violations in North Korea. We hope Young-Il’s words were able to raise awareness on this important issue. The full transcript can …

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PSCORE sent letters to UNHRC Members State delegations (March 9th)

On March 9th, PSCORE sent letters to 53 UNHRC Member State delegations to present an invitation letter, handwritten statements from North Korean defectors, alongside our report on child labor within North Korea. The letter is intended to invite the delegations to our side event. We hope that the hard labor and the time spent on …

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New English book, Special Edition – Democracy and Human Rights (December 15th, 2017)

Our new English book, Special Edition – Democracy and Human Rights, has been released! In addition to the usual textbooks we have been used for our English teaching program, PSCORE has worked really hard during the year in order to finalize this edition before 2018. Indeed, it is one of our remarks of the year. …

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Campaign at Gwanghwamun Square (November 20th – 24th, 2017)

Although weather conditions gave our team hard time at the Gwanghwamun Square, this year’s last street campaign has ended on a successful note. PSCORE thanks everyone who took part by donating, getting our books and answering the questions on the sticky note board – please check out all the interesting things people wrote on the …

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Campaign during the Migrant World Film Festival at Ewha University (October 27th – 29th, 2017)

From October 27th to October 29th, PSCORE held a campaign and a selfie contest to spread awareness about the human rights violations in North Korea during the Migrant World Film Festival at Ewha University. Big thanks to everyone who came to visit our stand and took part in the selfie contest! Check out some of …

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A small-scale speech event with one defector and 30 visitors from Australia and New Zealand (October 2017)

On the 8th of October 2017, 30 visitors from Australia and New Zealand arrived to our office to attend a small-scale speech event with one defectors. After hearing our speaker’s life story, the guests were able to learn more about the hard life in the DPRK. Many had the opportunity to ask him questions, and …

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Speech event at Korean University with a former North Korean defector (July 5&17, 2017)

The 17th of July 2017, we had an event at Korea University where students were able to hear the perspective of a North Korean elite on several important topics related to North Korean human rights and the Kim regime. The topics of the event sparked a lively discussion during the Q&A session, where our audience …

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North Korean defectors, PSCORE interns, and volunteer teachers watched a movie together (July 10th, 2017)

On July 10th, 2017, several North Korean defectors, PSCORE interns, and volunteer teachers watched the newest Spiderman movie together. While there were several opinions on the movie everyone enjoyed being able to talk about it and getting to know each other at a cafe near the theater. After talking to people who attended the event, …

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Event on human rights situation in North Korea (July 4th, 2017)

On July 4th, 2017, we were fortunate enough to hold a well-received event on the human rights situation in North Korea. The room was full of a diverse group of adults, many of whom were visiting college students from Leiden University in the Netherlands. This crowd was able to hear the rare perspective of a North …

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A Survey of North Korean Defectors’ Perspectives on Political Issues and Security in South Korea (April 2017)

The Constitutional Court upheld the impeachment of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye in March 2017. Shortly after, the People for Successful COrean REunification  (PSCORE) surveyed 150 North Korean defectors both online and offline. The survey looked into their perspective on the South Korean political situation and investigated the common perception that North Korean defectors …

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Speech on the women’s rights in North Korea at the 9th annual Human Rights Asia Conference, UK (March 2017)

In March 2017, PSCORE’s founder and a North Korean defextor, Kim Young-Il, shared his insight on women’s rights in North Korea at the 9th annual Human Rights in Asia Conference, UK. “Of most concern was Young-Il’s observation that there is not even such a term as women’s rights in North Korea.” Read more from the …

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Speech session at King’s College London

Last Friday, PSCORE’s Executive Director and Founder Kim Young Il had a very successful speech session at King’s College London. Executive Director Kim gave his speech to human rights activists and university students on indoctrinated and exploited children in North Korea and shared his personal experiences as a defector. This was PSCORE’s second time being …

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Child labor abuse in North Korea

Child labor abuse is a widespread and systematic problem in North Korea. Children are exploited to construct railroads, gather materials, and farm the land. Indoctrinated and Exploited is a collection of interviews with North Korean defectors about their firsthand experiences with these abuses.

Founder of PSCORE spoke at the UN special session on the DPRK

On Monday, Young-il Kim, Executive Director and Founder of PSCORE, spoke at the UN special session on the DPRK, where he sought to draw attention to forced labor of children. As an NGO with ECOSOC special consultative status, we are extremely proud to be able to report to the United Nations Human Rights Council, and …

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Event “Unprotected and Exploited: North Korean Women and Children” in Geneva

Last Friday afternoon, PSCORE hosted its own side event “Unprotected and Exploited: North Korean Women and Children” at the 34th Regular Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. The new UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the DPRK, Tomás Ojea Quintana, shared his insights on the current Human Rights situation in …

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Report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child

We are happy to announce that we have released our report on the North Korean education system entitled: Forced To Hate: North Korea’s Education System We have been working on this report with our volunteers and staff for more than one year and are very proud to release it 🙂 While running our education program for …

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Our report on the North Korean education system: Forced To Hate: North Korea’s Education System

We are happy to announce that we have released our report on the North Korean education system entitled: Forced To Hate: North Korea’s Education System We have been working on this report with our volunteers and staff for more than one year and are very proud to release it 🙂 While running our education program for …

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PSCORE present: PepperoParty

  November 11th will be Peppero Day in Korea, when PSCORE will host its first ever PepperoParty at Hongdae Salon Cha Cha. Guests can enjoy live performances of various artists, participate in the open mic and receive free Peppero. PSCORE is happy to announce that live music will be performed by the Pegurians (페규리안스), Billy Carter (빌리카터), and Wasted Johnny’s …

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Halloween Party!!!!!

Designed by Freepik     Come join us on Friday October 28th for our annual Halloween party   we will have: Caramel apples Pumpkin carving Trick or treat Costume contest and lots of fun   if you are interested please contact our office or email to pscoreedu@pscore.org   Happy Halloween See you there!!

PSCORE is hosting a charity concert for North Korean defectors

Four local bands will come together for “Rock Out Vol. 12” to raise funds for North Korean defectors at Freebird Sonic Live in the Hongdae area of western Seoul, Saturday (30.07.2016) Beginning at 8 p.m., the event will feature Sons of Tiger, Wasted Johnny’s, A’Z bus and Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio. This charity concert was …

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Speaker’s Event: The fate of a woman who repatriated 4 times | 탈북민 조금옥님의 이야기

On July 31, 2015 PSCORE hosted a Speaker’s Event with the honor of having Ms. Jo Geum-Ok give the audience a glimpse of her life as a North Korean defector who has been repatriated back to North Korea five tims. Through her tough journey, she had to endure near death torture, human trafficking, rape, and …

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North Korean Human Rights Acrostic Poetry Contest

In December 2014, PSCORE hosted the North Korean Human Rights Acrostic Poetry Contest to raise awareness about the human rights situation in North Korea and express the desire for improvement and reunification. The candidates, both youngsters and adults, Koreans and internationals, were invited to contribute to the contest and try their odds with their very …

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Rock Out Vol. 10

  After a dreadful seven weeks of waiting and longing excitement, Friday 12 December marked the date when it was finally time to rock out again. The spotlights and amplifiers stayed on for almost seven hours this time, as organizers and guests could celebrate a little anniversary. For the 10th time, some of Korea’s most …

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‘Journey to Freedom’ Awareness Event

On Friday the 21st of November, PSCORE hosted ‘Journey to Freedom’, an event shining light on PSCORE’s activity in rescue missions to help struggling North Korean defectors and establish save passage to South Korea. On this evening, PSCORE’s founder and North Korea defector himself Young-Il Kim shared his experience on a successful recent rescue mission, which took …

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Rock Out Vol. 9

On 25 October, it was time again for some of Korea’s best indie and alternative rock artists to hit the stage at the  9th edition of the PSCORE Rock Out Fundraising concert series. And this time in a spooky Halloween version! For 4 hours, the artists hit their strings and drums and filled the premises …

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PSCORE invites you to its thank you event at the British Ambassador’s residence!

In December 2013, PSCORE conducted a rescue mission in China to save a young North Korean girl with severe frostbite. We are happy to announce she is doing well at Hanawon Resettlement Center and will arrive in Seoul within one week. To thank those who made her rescue mission possible, PSCORE will hold an event …

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PSCORE travels to the Human Rights Council in Geneva

This March, PSCORE sent a delegation to the Human Rights Council in Geneva, where our team attended the Council’s 25th session at the Palais des Nations. This year’s highlight was the presentation of the highly anticipated report by the Comission of Inquiry on the DPRK, which – in unprecedented detail – describes and condemns the …

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New funding campaign: help North Korean defectors attain fulfillment in their lives

We recently launched a new funding campaign in order to keep our free, customized education program for North Korean defectors a continued success. While our work relies on the dedication of our volunteer tutors, costs for managing the program are inevitable. With just a small donation, you can help us improve the lives of North …

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‘Music for Freedom: Hoping for a Better North Korea’ CD release

Last October we released a CD ‘Music for Freedom: Hoping for a Better North Korea’ in collaboration with some of our favorite bands! The CD features music from the Wasted Johnny’s (웨이스티드쟈니스), Total Assholes, Samba Mamba, Love X Stereo and Cael Anton Music. It has been distributed in New York during our awareness campaigns and …

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PSCORE participates to Jayu’s North Korean Human Rights Film Festival

Kim Young-Il at the Winter Butterfly Q&A session Last October, PSCORE was very pleased to participate to Jayu’s North Korean Human Rights Film Festival, a three day event taking place in Toronto. PSCORE was proud to co-present three of the films featured at the festival: Winter Butterfly, Juche Strong and Seoul Train. In addition, Kim …

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PSCORE Invites You to its Fifth Fundraising Concert: Rock Out Vol. 5

It’s time for PSCORE to invite you to fundraising concert number 5!!! This time round the evening is guaranteed to be a fantastic night with a great range of Seoul’s best indie and rock bands taking to the stage for this worthy cause. On Saturday September 7th from 10:30pm at Club Freebird, an array of …

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PSCORE Rock Out Vol.4: Incredible bands, incredible crowd & incredible cause

Last Saturday, it is safe to say that the latest edition of PSCORE’s ‘Rock Out’ charity concerts was the only place to be. Club Freebird was buzzing from the get go, with a vocal crowd loving every minute of the energetic performances given by Seoul’s most talented indie and rock bands. The night began with …

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Announcement for Music Bands Wishing to Perform at United Nations Headquarters in New York, NY

Announcement for Music Bands Wishing to Perform at United Nations Headquarters in New York, NY Location: United Nations Headquarters, New York City, NY, USA Time: Late Sept.  ~ Early Oct., 2013 (One week) ? Can be changed by UN schedule Selection: 1 band (maximum 5 people) Information Round-trip airfare to/from New York City and living expenses (for …

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Successful Seminar Co-hosted by PSCORE During ‘North Korea Freedom Week’

This Tuesday, 30th April, PSCORE co-organized and co-hosted:   ‘Analysis of North Korean Defector’s Demands on Education Programs and Policy Suggestions: The Era of 3,000 North Korean Defector Students’   This international workshop took place at the South Korean National Assembly and was in conjunction with ‘North Korea Freedom Week.’   The event, co-organized by …

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PSCORE Rock Out Vol.3 – A fantastic night for a great cause!

Last Saturday, music enthusiasts enjoyed the best indie/rock and hip hop acts Seoul has to offer at Club Freebird. It’s safe to say that PSCORE’s third charity rock concert, Rock Out Vol.3 was a great success thanks to the fantastic bands, dedicated volunteers and of course the great crowd!   Liqueur Brandy kicked off the …

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PSCORE invites you to National Assembly seminar during NK Freedom Week

Dear members,   PSCORE would like to formally invite you join us at to our seminar, “Integration Policies and Unification Policies ? the Role of North Korean Defectors and the Lessons from Europe” which is to take place tomorrow (April 30th) at National Assembly.   We will be presenting and discussing an array of issues …

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Rockin for a good cause: PSCORE six-band charity concert at Club Freebird

Rockin for a good cause: PSCORE will be hosting a charity concert in club Freebird in Seoul on December 15th! Come and join us and do something good while having fun! Spread the word, share our event and invite your friends to make this a full success! https://www.facebook.com/events/445114878857430/ PSCORE invites you to Club Freebird in …

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PSCORE’s Global English Camp (성통만사 영어 캠프)

As part of the effort to promote education and activities for North Korean refugees in South Korea, PSCORE runs a Global English Camp each year. This fall, the camp dates will be Saturday, November 3 to Sunday, November 4. We are now accepting applications for Volunteer English Camp Instructors! If you are interested in joining …

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Many Thank You’s for Your Donations Towards the PSCORE English Textbook

The 90 day donation period for donations towards the PSCORE English textbooks has now closed. PSCORE would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all those who donated:   Linda Dye Charlotte Bell Andrew Geier Linh Do Samuel Francisco Nicklas Mortensen Veli-Matti Andersson Susan Fisher Linnea Crafoord Olov Norlander Hanna Jakobson Monika Narbutait Georgia …

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Accepting Volunteer for Geneva North Korean Human Rights Campaign

Accepting Volunteer for Geneva North Korean Human Rights Campaign   In order to raise awareness of human rights violations in North Korea as well as the gravity of abuses and the need for international support, PSCORE will be launching “Geneva North Korea Human Rights Campaign” in Geneva, Switzerland.   Campaign Information Date: 9/10/2012 ~ 9/16/2012 …

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International workshop at the North Korean human rights week, 2012

We are holding a workshop on the topic “European-Korean Human Rights Dialogue: The experience of promoting human rights in Western Europe, Eastern Europe and beyond”   Venue: NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA, 8th Floor Date: 25th April, 2012 Time: 1 pm. to 6 pm.   ■ First Session Video screening  → Successful story …

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PSCORE Marks 2nd Anniversary of Wednesday Educational Program

On Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 PSCORE celebrated two years of it’s Wednesday evening Educational Program at an event held at Seoul’s Seodaemun Police Station. The event was attended by the Chief of Police Sung-Che Jeong, Min Jung Kang – Senior Program Officer UC (University of California) EAP Korea , volunteer teachers, North Korean students, members …

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Conference 4/27 : How the enactment of the North Korean Human Rights Bill could take place in a desirable and appropriate way

Dear Friends of PSCORE, Due to your continued interest and participation, we, PSCORE (People for Successful COrean REunification), will be holding a seminar in April during the North Korean Freedom Week, and we will be providing an interpreter for the event. People for Successful COrean REunification will be hosting a seminar titled as, “How the …

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2010 Winning Essay of our 3rd Annual Essay Contest

North Korea opens up as South approaches with democratic strategies (Opening of North and South Korea’s democratic strategy) Written in Korean by Whee Kim Translation by Minah Lee   It’s a miracle how the nation has endured so well and never deterred until one was liberated from Japanese colonial rule in 1945. South Korea has …

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Internship Opportunity

We are seeking interns in any major and preferably a bilingual in English/Korean. However, commitment and dedication to human rights is most important! Please email us at pscore@pscore.org if you are interested. We prefer someone that can commit 3 to 6 months anytime between August to December 2010.   Contact Information: *protected email*

Group Assignments – Global English Camp

2010 Global English Camp   ABOUT PSCORE PSCORE is a non-profit, non-religious, non-partisan NGO working for the reunification of the Korean peninsula. PSCORE is comprised of North Korean defectors, young South Koreas, and foreigners who share a common interest and passion for the reunification of the Korean peninsula and North Korean human rights issues. PSCORE …

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2010 Global English Camp ; June 25 (Friday) – 27 (Sunday)

Global English Camp Teacher Application 2010 Camp Dates: June 25 (Friday) – 27 (Sunday) Name: Date of Birth: Home Phone: Email: Cell Phone: Occupation: Address:   University & Major:   Nationality: Gender: Male (      ) Female (      ) Are you familiar with PSCORE’s mission and the situation in North Korea?  YES / NO Do you …

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4/30 Conference; A Discussion of Future Government and NGO Use

The North Korean Human Rights Bill: A Discussion of Future Government and NGO Use DATE:   April 30, 2010;   1 pm – 5:30 pm.                                      VENUE:  Press Center Building, Floor 19;     Seoul, Republic of Korea Host: People for Successful Corean Reunification (PSCORE) presents one of many events in North Korea Freedom Week — a campaign to raise …

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PSCORE KOREA Event: FREE Photo Exhibition and Dinner!!

Hello PSCORE friends! PSCORE invites you to join us in viewing world famous photographer Steve McCurry’s exhibition, Unguarded Moment. Dinner at a restaurant in Gwanghwamun will follow! DATE/TIME: April 13 at 5:00 p.m. LOCATION: Sejong Center for Performing Arts. Line 5 at the Gwanghwamun stop. Admission and Dinner are FREE!! We hope to see you …

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[PSCORE DC Event] North Koreans’ Life inside and outside North Korea

North Koreans’ Life inside and outside North Korea   People for Successful Corean Reunification Date: March 27, Saturday, 2010 Venue: TBD   This event aims to offer comprehensive information to North Korean watchers and human rights activists in the DC area on the lives of ordinary North Koreans inside North Korea, as well as the …

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BREAKING NEWS: N.Korea Human Rights Bill Clears National Assembly Hurdle

The National Assembly’s Unification, Foreign Affairs and Trade Committee passed a bill Thursday authorizing the creation of a body to monitor North Korea’s human rights situation and support activists in the South. South Korea is the third country to pass a bill aimed at improving North Korea’s human rights situation. The U.S. enacted a similar …

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“Democracy and North Korea” Essay Contest Winners Annouced

In August 2009, PSCORE hosted an essay contest that encouraged university students to write about “Democracy and North Korea.” A wide variety of responses were received — students expounded on North Korean politics, education, philosophy, literature, arts, and culture.  While all submissions were impressive, the winning essays focused on: improvements in North Korean human rights; …

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YouTube Video Contest Winners Announced!

In December 2009, PSCORE sponsored the YouTube Video Contest: a competition which encouraged South Korean university students to submit short videos about human rights abuses in North Korea and the need for democritization in the Korean peninsula.  By wisely utilizing the internet, and particularly interactive-media sites such as YouTube, PSCORE hoped to educate internet users about the …

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PSCORE Education Scholarships now available!

N.Korean students a part of our PSCORE 1-on-1 English tutoring program are eligible for education scholarships! The scholarships can be used for anything related to education (ie. university tuition, books, English hagwon fees, etc). Criteria for selecting students for scholarships: – Level of improvement – Effort by student – Enthusiasm to learn – Test results (test provided by …

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April 25: Cultural SHINDIG at Namsangol Hanok Village!

To: PSCORE volunteers, tutors, translators and North Korean friends Event: Namsangol Hanok Village http://www.hanokmaeul.org/ Date: April 25, Saturday Time: 11:30am Location: Chungmuro Station, Exit 3, Subway No. 3 & 4 (We MEET here) Lunch and admission is FREE! Please feel free to bring your friends & family. Some of the things to see and do: …

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Statement of condemnation of the long-range rocket launch

Statement of condemnation of the long-range rocket launch, disregarding the welfare of 23 million North Korean residents   North Korea defied international and South Korean warnings and fired a long-range rocket at 11:30 AM on the 5th of April 2009. In light of this reckless act by the North Korean government, we, former North Korean …

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