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North Korea Gets Defector Couple To Return from South Korea

This makes me wonder if the North Korean regime isn’t putting increased pressure on families of defectors back home in order to lure some of them back to North Korea?:

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.  [Chosun Ilbo]

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  • Denny
    6:25 pm on November 9th, 2012 1

    Probably spies.

  • Bob
    7:50 pm on November 9th, 2012 2

    Yup prob spies is my bet.

  • a listener
    8:32 pm on November 9th, 2012 3

    I thought they may have been spies to until their family in South Korea who were also defectors was interviewed. Apparently they led a happy life and became devout Catholics while in the south. The woman was well on her way to becoming a nurse. His mother said she was devestated that he would make this decision.

  • Teadrinker
    9:13 pm on November 9th, 2012 4

    Could still be spies.

  • Baek In-je
    9:52 pm on November 9th, 2012 5

    The pervasive underlying emotion in South Korea is despair. This leads to the suicide cult that is South Korea. maybe they felt it was better to live in poverty than to be toutured day in and day out by the mean-spirited South Korea, who try so hard to make life as difficult as possible to those they don’t know. On a brighter note, if you have a relationship with a South Korean, they are they kindest people that you will ever meet! If not, they enjoy making your life so wretched that you feel suicide is the only way out.
    The expat community in Cambodia refer to Koreans as Klingons. Because they are hostile to humans.

  • Chris In Dallas
    1:23 pm on November 10th, 2012 6

    Spies? What sort of data could they bring back the regime couldn’t get simply by going to the internet? And of course they wouldn’t be very effective sleeper agents back in the loving care of the Great Father-Leader! At worst (best?) they may have been agents sent south to defect back at some later date for propaganda purposes.

    I kinda doubt my last suggestion too. Possible but probably too complicated. Given ROKs tend to treat NorK defectors like crap, they might have just lost their freaking minds after too much abusive treatment.

  • Setnaffa
    4:15 pm on November 10th, 2012 7

    “Given ROKs tend to treat NorK defectors like crap, they might have just lost their freaking minds after too much abusive treatment.”

    I thought kimsoft was defunct? Why are _you_ saying that?

  • Setnaffa
    4:18 pm on November 10th, 2012 8

    I think they left because they didn’t like making the daily decisions free people have to make. Serfs are told what to do, where to go, etc…

    America is becoming that way…

  • Teadrinker
    10:13 pm on November 10th, 2012 9

    #6,

    ” And of course they wouldn’t be very effective sleeper agents back in the loving care of the Great Father-Leader! At worst (best?) they may have been agents sent south to defect back at some later date for propaganda purposes.”

    Yes, that’s my guess…That or they simply weren’t very effective at collecting data. My guess is this is damage control of the lady who returned back to North Korea a few weeks back. Nobody bought her story. By leaving behind their family, the North Korean government hopes this one will be more easily swallowed by South Koreans.

  • Teadrinker
    10:15 pm on November 10th, 2012 10

    #7,

    Oh, man, you used to read Kimsoft, too? That quite something. Talk about an entertaining read, if you were able to take a lot of it with a grain of salt.

  • Teadrinker
    10:16 pm on November 10th, 2012 11

    Correction: That was quite something, wasn’t it?

 

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