N.Korea, China Intensify Crackdown on Defectors

  • Arirang News

    June 17, 2011 11:11

    Pyongyang and Beijing have intensified their crackdown on defectors as the number of North Koreans fleeing their country continues to snowball.

    Chinese police reportedly arrested 14 North Korean defectors last month in Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture on the Chinese side of their shared border.

    The number of defectors has shot up recently amid chronic food shortages and a harsh political crackdown in the communist North.

    Many North Koreans use China as a temporary sanctuary as they arrange safe passage to third countries.

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