November 09, 2012 13:13
In a rare publicity coup for the North Korean regime, a couple who defected to South Korea have apparently returned to the North.
The North's official KCNA news agency on Thursday said Kim Kwang-hyok (27) from North Hamgyong Province fled to China in March 2008, while his wife Ko Jong-nam (29) followed him in September that year.
The two met in South Korea and married in 2009, according to KCNA. It claimed the two were lured to the South "by dint of gimmicks, appeasement and manipulation of brokers and agents of the south Korean intelligence agency" and "suffered a miserable life" there.
It added they returned on Sept. 12 this year, "keenly aware that they were cheated and that their stay there would only bring death to them."
This is the second time this year that the regime has paraded returning defectors in front of the state press.
The Unification Ministry said it confirmed that two defectors with those names had indeed settled in the South, and is trying to find out whether they are the same people, and if so why they returned.
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