Former North Korean defector TV star Jon Hye Song has accused several high-profile defectors in the South of fabricating stories about their experiences, in a video by DPRK state-run outlet Uriminzokkiri on Monday.
Mentioning the names of several well-known North Korean defectors in the South, Jon described them as “scum,” claiming that one encouraged others to make up stories for South Korean TV outlets.
“[The defectors] can’t make up many lies with exaggerating stories out of their own heads, so they go to visit and make a contract,” Jon said in the video.
She said the companies hold contests to gather “fresh and sensational stories” from North Korean defectors.
Jon claimed that the defector “led unmarried women who just entered the South like [me] down to the path” of appearing in the TV shows, saying that he will give them “a lot of money.”
“[He] also dragged them to call them as a witness at the UN stage,” she added – a reference to the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on North Korea in which several former citizens of the DPRK testified.
When contacted by NK News, the defector in question declined to comment.
Jon also accused another well-known defector of “exaggerating a story” on TV and of having “boasted about life in the DPRK when drinking.”
“If [people] don’t listen to them, the defector goes at other’s throats and fights.”
The video ended with footage of Jon’s life in North Korea.
Jon made her first appearance in Uriminzokkiri in mid-July. In the South, she had appeared on at least three different defector-focused TV shows, even one hosted by a South Korean government body, but said in her first appearance on state media that her life in the South had been “painful” and full of “lies.”
The Uriminzokkiri outlet is largely aimed at Koreans abroad, and its output does not appear on domestic North Korean television.
Jon’s sudden appearance in North Korea has prompted speculation that she was brought back to the North against her will.
In her second appearance early this month, she claimed the difficulties of a getting a job and discrimination against North Korean defectors had been the hardest part of living in the South.
Jon also said that allegations that she had been kidnapped by the North’s Ministry of State Security were “a downright lie and fabrication” and that she hadn’t been punished by the government upon returning to the DPRK.
She said that she “swam across Amnok (Yalu) River” along the DPRK-China border to go back to North Korea, and is now reportedly living in Munbong-dong, Anju City in South Pyongan Province.
Jon claims to have arrived in South Korea in January 2014, after defecting to China in November 2011 due to economic difficulties in the North.
Edited by Oliver Hotham
Featured Image: Uriminzokkiri
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