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Recent North Korean Defections: Is the End Near for Kim Jong Un?

South Korean President Park Geun-hye tried to make the case this week that increasing North Korean defections are signs of growing instability inside the secretive, authoritarian state. On Tuesday, the South Korean Yonhap news agency reported that the South Korean coast guard on August 7 picked up three or four North Koreans on a boat in the Yellow Sea who requested asylum. Last week, Thae Yong-ho, the deputy ambassador of the North Korean embassy in London, fled to South Korea with...

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