Every year, hundreds of North Koreans risk their lives to escape the country's repressive dictatorship. Many are just children. They often find that the reality of their new home is far different from what they had imagined.
US officials remain skeptical about North Korea's commitment to rid itself of nuclear weapons. US experts have bolstered those doubts with new findings about 13 undeclared nuclear bases throughout the country.
The country's top court has ruled that moral and religious beliefs are valid reasons to refuse military service. The decision is expected to impact hundreds of cases brought against men for not "fulfilling their duties."
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has taken the credit for building a working relationship with North Korea, but his critics say he is neglecting a looming economic crisis in Asia's fourth-largest economy.
North and South Korea have held the first round of three-way peace talks with the US-led United Nations Command. The meeting marks the latest effort to demilitarize one of the world's most heavily armed frontiers.
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