November 29, 2023

Restaurant worker defection case may impede family reunions, warns DPRK media

Uriminzokkiri editorial says case could serve as "barrier" to improved relations

DPRK state media on Friday warned the unresolved restaurant worker defector controversy could serve as a “barrier” to upcoming reunions of families separation by the Korean War, while also denouncing South Korean President Moon Jae-in for making “presumptuous remarks" on North Korean issues.

In an editorial, the Uriminzokkiri - an outer-track outlet not typically accessible to a domestic audience - reiterated Pyongyang's view that the purported mass defection of 12 restaurant workers in 2016 was a “plot” devised by the ROK government with the “impure purpose” of winning a then-upcoming legislative election.