June 04, 2023

Former defector back in North Korea describes “painful” life in the South

60-year-old Ju Ok Soon left the South for China in July, Seoul confirms

A North Korean defector who recently returned to the DPRK appeared in a video released by the state-run Uriminzokkiri on Thursday, describing her "painful" life for six years in the South.

In the video, 60-year-old Ju Ok Soon says she entered North Korea via China after leaving the South in July, but does not say when she first defected.