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Did North Korean Defector Willingly Return To Kim Jong Un's Country?

Did North Korean Defector Willingly Return To Kim Jong Un's Country?

South Korean authorities are investigating how a famous North Korean defector returned to the North. After the ICBM launch, Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin issued a joint statement supporting the so-called dual freeze solution, where North Korea would freeze its nuclear and ballistic missile testing in exchange for substantial US and South Korean concessions on their annual large-scale conventional exercises - an option that Washington and Seoul find deeply unappealing.

It's unclear when she went missing or whether anyone alerted authorities about her disappearance before the video's release.

While living in South Korea, she became a minor celebrity and appeared on both talk shows and reality TV.

TJWG said its findings could be used in future investigations into crimes against humanity in North Korea.

A North Korean education director says this is an unusual, but realistic case as Ji-Hyun stated she was lonely and wanted to reunite with her family.

"I was lured to the South by a delusion that I would eat well and make a lot of money there", Lim said, according to The Times.

She, however, introduces herself by another name, Jeon Hye-sung, in the propaganda video.

But most people who make it out of the authoritarian country do not return, despite facing a hard path in adjusting to life outside of Kim's totalitarian regime.

"I imagined myself eating properly and making a fortune once I arrive in South Korea", Lim said in the interview, "but after going around to different places, including pubs, I realized life was just physically and emotionally taxing". Lim disappeared in April and this is the first that has been heard from her since.

According to South Korean government figures, more than 30,000 North Koreans have defected and resettled in the South as of June this year, and many say they escaped in search of better lives and freedom. "As I understand it, that is a big reason why defectors shun publicity if they make it to the South, or even return to the North".

The Transitional Justice Working Group (TJWG), who made the claims, said they wanted to highlight human rights abuses in the country.

In an unprecedented 2014 move, United Nations member states called the isolated nation and its leader, Kim Jong-un, to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes detailed in a landmark report from the Commission of Inquiry.

Brookings Institution think tank.

Instead, the mundane reality with North Korea will be that the USA, and the world, will muddle along, learning to live with another nuclear-armed state that, with every passing month, is further developing and diversifying its nascent nuclear forces.

The news agency said "this decision changes nothing".