North Korea creates, smears refugees

North Korea has reclassified refugees who have resettled in South Korea as “traitorous puppets” in order to impose harsher punishments on relatives in the North who remain in contact with them. The latest policy targeting the 33,000 or more North Koreans who’ve fled poverty and repression to settle in the prosperous, democratic South will mean more hardship for the families left behind that rely on remittances from the refugees.

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