February 25, 2024

High-profile defector returned to North Korea across heavily guarded border: MND

Defense ministry identifies man who crossed into DPRK on New Year’s as ‘presumably’ a redefector, but denies he is a spy

The unidentified person who crossed the heavily guarded border into North Korea on New Year’s Day was “presumably” a high-profile defector who previously crossed into South Korea around a year earlier, according to Seoul’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) on Monday.

But a ministry official denied that the redefector was a DPRK spy, after South Korean authorities detected four individuals from North Korea near the demilitarized zone (DMZ) following the border crossing. The ministry said it can’t “specify” that they were there to pick up the border crosser, but that the person did not have a job that would give them access to sensitive information.