Elderly S.Korean Defects to N.Korea

  • Arirang News

    July 08, 2019 08:22

    An elderly South Korean man has defected to Pyongyang in order to settle down there, North Korean propaganda website Uriminzokkiri said Sunday.

    Choe In-guk (73) arrived in the North Korean capital on Saturday, with photos showing he was welcomed by local officials. He was quoted as saying that he had followed his parents' footsteps.

    Choe In-guk speaks in Pyongyang in this photo from North Korean propaganda website Uriminzokkiri on Sunday.

    Choe is the son of colorful parents -- Ryu Mi-yong, the late chairwoman of a minor co-opted political party, and Choe Deok-sin, a former South Korean foreign minister.

    The pair defected to the North in 1986, leaving five children behind.

    Choe junior did not apply for permission from the government here for his trip to North Korea. South Korean authorities are trying to find out his exact motives.

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