Exclusive: American ‘defector’ home safely from North Korea | NK News
June 23, 2024

Exclusive: American ‘defector’ home safely from North Korea

Martinez returned home discreetly last year, in contrast to public appearance in late 2014

Arturo Pierre Martinez, a Texas man who illegally entered North Korea in November 2014 by crossing the Yalu River from China, is safely back in the United States, NK News can confirm.

The public has become familiar with Otto Warmbier, the 21-year-old University of Virginia undergraduate recently sentenced by North Korean authorities to 15 years hard labor for allegedly stealing a propaganda banner while on a group tour in the country.

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