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Seoul to increase background checks on N. Korean defectors
SEOUL, Jan. 31 (Yonhap) -- North Korean defectors will be subjected to increased background checks when applying for government or public sector jobs here, the Unification Ministry said Thursday. The move comes as South Korea attempts to reduce fallout from a criminal case involving a defector who may have spied for the communist country.

"The government decided to strengthen the (credentials) verification process before employing (defectors) as well as re-checking (government-employed defectors)," the ministry that handles inter-Korean issues said in a statement, without elaborating on details.