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Experts: N. Korean Abductions Sought to Halt Brain Drain

American experts on northeast Asia say North Korea’s abduction program in the 1970s, which targeted thousands of South Koreans and Japanese, was a way for Pyongyang to address its depletion of intellectuals and visionaries. Robert Boynton, director of New York University’s Literary Reportage Concentration, discussed the historical context of Pyongyang’s systematic abductions Wednesday at the Washington-based think tank Korea Economic Institute. “I discovered the story was stranger than...

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