July 30, 2021

Claims N. Korean scientist defected to Finland fabricated: journalist

Yonhap journalist says claim was falsified by North Korea human rights activists

Claims a North Korean biochemical weapons expert carrying gigabytes of "information on human experiments" defected to Finland in June were fabricated, a South Korean journalist has admitted.

Lee Bong-suk, the Yonhap News Agency reporter who initially broke the story, told respected Finnish daily the Helsingin Sanomat that his article was based on false information, provided to him by an unspecified North Korea-focused human rights organization.