In the News – Clinton urges China to stop repatriation of N. Korean defectors

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In the News – Clinton urges China to stop repatriation of N. Korean defectors

By Lee Chi-dong
WASHINGTON, March 9 (Yonhap) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made clear Friday that her government is opposed to the forceful repatriation of North Korean refugees, a breach of international agreements.

“We urge every country to act according to international obligations,” such as the 1951 U.N. refugee convention and the 1967 protocol, Clinton said in a joint press conference with South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan after their talks at the State Department building in Washington.

She was responding to a question on China’s policy of sending back North Korean defectors to their authoritarian and impoverished nation. Recently, China has repatriated around 30 North Koreans, according to human rights activists, although there is no government-level confirmation. Continue reading

In the News – U.S., North Korea Extend Discussions

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In the News – U.S., North Korea Extend Discussions

By BRIAN SPEGELE in Beijing and ALASTAIR GALE in Seoul

A senior U.S. envoy said Thursday that negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea had been extended to a second day, a potentially positive sign that talks were progressing between Washington and Pyongyang’s new regime.

Glyn T. Davies, Washington’s special representative for North Korean policy, offered few details of the first day of negotiations in Beijing. He said U.S. and North Korean officials would dine together on Thursday evening. Continue reading