January 25, 2013 13:03
Four North Korean defectors who had settled in the South have returned to North Korea, the renegade country's state TV claimed Thursday.
"A press conference was held in the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang on Thursday by Kim Kwang-ho and his wife, and Ko Kyong-hui, who were lured to South Korea by the deceptive scheme of the puppet regime and came back" to North Korea, the report claimed in the usual agitated rhetoric of the state media.
"Our people, who were lured into South Korea through nasty schemes of the puppet regime, are continuing to come back to the republic's embrace after cutting their ties with South Korean society."
Kim then appeared to say he went to South Korea in August 2009 but came back at the end of last year. He introduced his wife and 10-month-old daughter. Ko said he was "taken" to South Korea in June 2011 and also came back at the end of last year.
This is already the third time since new leader Kim Jong-un came to power that North Korea has paraded allegedly contrite defectors before the media.
A South Korean official on Thursday confirmed that the names match those of people who have lived in South Korea, and added the government is trying to find out how and why they went back.
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