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]