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North Korea Crisis

North Korean defectors cast doubt on Pyongyang's will to denuclearize

Some expatriates hope to be reunited with family amid mood of detente

SEOUL -- When Choi Jung-wook saw South Korean President Moon Jae-in shake hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during their summit on April 27 at the village of Panmunjom on the the border between the two countries, she thought of her parents and two children living in Hamheung, a city on the eastern coast of North Korea.

She has not seen them since she left North Korea in 1997, and as U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are about to realize an unprecedented meeting, her hopes of being reunited with her family are growing. 

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