January 18, 2022

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

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates. (Last updated on Jan. 3, 2022 at 7:32 p.m. with new headline.)

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.