November 29, 2023

Meet the man who plans to re-defect back to North Korea

Son Jong-hun tells NK News why he wants to leave South Korea and go back to the North

Having risked one’s life to escape North Korea and take up residence in the South, why would anyone choose to go back? 

In a widely reported trend this year, several North Korean defectors have made that choice, and NK News had the chance to sit down with Son Jong-hoon to discuss the reasons for re-defection. Son, a former North Korean government employee who has spent 11 years in the South advocating on behalf of the rights of defectors, has announced his intentions to return to the North, citing his disgust with treatment of defectors like himself.