North Korea

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North Korean defector serves up hope in her restaurant

In her restaurant, Lee Ae-ran serves everyone — South Koreans and fellow defectors — flavors from home.
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White House on the Inter-Korean Summit

Read the White House statement regarding Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in’s historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
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North Korean defectors share their extraordinary stories [video]

North Korean defectors shine a light on the brutal regime of Kim Jong-un. These are their stories of escape, freedom — and finally, hope.
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Shutting down North Korea’s illegal shipping

North Korean ships are desperately trying to avoid sanctions. The U.S. and its allies and partners are stopping illegal shipping in its tracks.
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Trump, Japan’s Abe stand in solidarity

President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe are united on how to deal with North Korea and agree that a nuclear North Korea cannot be tolerated. They also pledge to work for free and fair trade.
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U.S. imposes largest sanctions ever against North Korea

The Trump administration leveled the strongest economic sanctions yet against the North Korean regime. The action hit one person and more than 50 vessels, shipping companies and businesses.
North Korean defector Lee Hyeonseo (D.A. Peterson/State Dept.)

Outside North Korea, this defector found a new world

When she was 17, Lee Hyeonseo escaped into China while famine ravaged North Korea. After a decade of hiding, she now shares her story to raise awareness of other defectors.
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Pence salutes defectors from North Korea

On the opening day of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Vice President Pence met with four North Korean defectors to underscore that regime's brutality.
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Pence: U.S. will intensify sanctions on North Korea

Vice President Pence says the U.S. will impose the toughest sanctions ever to force North Korea to abandon nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.