December 07, 2021

Exclusive: Defector plans to send message by returning to N. Korea

Son Jong-hun has spent 11 years in South Korea, but despairs over the treatment of North Koreans here

SEOUL – A North Korean defector and activist –– who has spent more than a decade in Seoul –– plans to publicly defect back to the North in order to highlight poor treatment of refugees who try to integrate into life in South Korea.

Son Jong-hun knows that harsh punishment awaits, and that what remains of his family will condemn his decision to leave for South Korea. However, 11 years after escaping, Son told NK News in an exclusive interview published today that he feels his options have become limited: