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China urges global support for proposed Seoul-Pyongyang talks

19 Juillet 2017

Since there is no free media inside North Korea, it was impossible to confirm if the interview was genuine or if the woman, who said that she had gone back to living with her parents in Anju, located around 65 kilometres north of Pyongyang, had been coerced into making these remarks.

The 26-year-old went on to become a famous TV personality hosting talk shows and reality programmes in Seoul, and made a living talking about her experience of growing up under the totalitarian North Korean regime.

On Monday, Seoul offered to Pyongyang for holding talks about the reunion event as well as about military affairs, but the DPRK had yet to respond to the dialogue overtures.

"It was not the place I had imagined", she says, according to a translation by the Korea Times.

The New York Times reports a videotaped interview posted on the North Korean-government run propaganda site Uriminzokkiri, shows a woman appearing to be Ms Lim describing her new life in the South as miserable.

After disappearing from the South, Jeon appeared in a North Korean propaganda video released Saturday, where she condemned South Korean society and claimed she was forced to "slander and speak ill" of the North, CNN reported.

The ballistic and surface to surface missile exercise came hours after China and Russian Federation had urged the US and South Korea to stop massive military exercises on the Korean Peninsula.

The joint exercise was directly in response to "North Korea's destabilising and unlawful actions", US Pacific Command said.

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Stealing electric cables and distributing South Korean media are also crimes which carry the death sentence, the report by the Transitional Justice Working Group said. "As I understand it, that is a big reason why defectors shun publicity if they make it to the South, or even return to the North".

North Korea on Wednesday highlighted its friendly ties with Russian Federation as the two countries marked the 17th anniversary of a joint announcement on cooperation and reconciliation.

Prior to her disappearance, her South Korean fans threw her a birthday party.

"Every single day of my life in the South was a hell". Activists say some defectors return to smuggle out relatives or are abducted in China and taken into the North.

Repeated missile tests by North Korea have heightened tensions in the region and led the U.S. to hint at possible preemptive strikes against the Kim Jong-un regime.

It came hours after China and Russian Federation had urged the US and South Korea to stop massive military exercises on the Korean Peninsula.

"I've also heard rumours, though, that they tracked down and threatened her family", he told the Guardian.

China urges global support for proposed Seoul-Pyongyang talks