World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


21 North Korean Defectors Arrive

21 North Korean Defectors Arrive

Twenty-one North Korean defectors who had been staying at the South Korean Embassy in Beijing arrived in Seoul on Sunday via a third country, officials in Seoul said on Monday (Oct. 20).

The defectors, including nine men and 12 women, are mostly workers, children and students, they said.

¡°Of the 120 North Korean refugees in the Beijing embassy, 21 arrived at Incheon International Airport on Sunday. Others will arrive in Seoul (later) because the procedures for questioning North Korean refugees there are finished,¡± an official said on condition of anonymity.

With the arrival of the latest group, a total of 984 North Koreans have landed in Seoul this year.

The South Korean Consulate in Beijing reopened Monday morning after a 15-day closure due to overcrowding problems caused by growing numbers of North Korean defectors taking shelter there.

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


UN News: ‘Things Have To Change’ Canada’s Trudeau Declares Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed that the world must change, as multilateral systems established decades ago are not working as they should, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada told the UN General Assembly on Friday. “The world is in crisis, and ... More>>

Assange's Hearing: Latest Observations From Court

Despite severe restrictions on observers, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is the only NGO that has gained access to the hearing, and we’ve managed to monitor proceedings on most days. We will continue to do so whenever possible. Yesterday I was in court ... More>>

ILO: Impact On Workers Of COVID-19 Is ‘catastrophic’

COVID-19 has had a “catastrophic” impact on workers, the head of the International Labour Organization ( ILO ) said on Wednesday, with lost working hours higher than originally forecast, and equivalent to 495 million full-time jobs globally in the ... More>>

UN: WHO Warns Against Potential Ebola Spread In DR Congo And Beyond

Ebola is spreading in a western province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), raising fears that the disease could reach neighbouring Republic of Congo and even the capital, Kinshasa, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. ... More>>