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Pyongyang says South Korean defects to NKorea

Pyongyang says South Korean defects to NKorea

A South Korean man has defected to North Korea after "longing for" the communist nation for many years, Pyongyang's state media said Tuesday.
It is very rare for South Koreans to defect to the impoverished North, though thousands of North Koreans have defected to the richer South in recent years.
Pyongyang's Korean Central News Agency said the 30-year-old man, identified as Kang Dong-rim, crossed the heavily armed border into the North on Monday and is under the North's "warm care."
KCNA quoted Kang as saying that he, with his "longing for" the North, made several unsuccessful attempts to defect when he was with the South Korean military for mandatory service between 2001-2003.
"He is pleased with the accomplishment of his desire for defection," KCNA said.
Government offices in Seoul could not immediately confirm the reported defection.
KCNA said Kang had worked at "Samsung Semiconductor" before moving to a pig farm in southern South Korea.
The two Koreas share one of the world's most heavily armed borders, as the sides technically remain in a state of conflict after the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.
Defection by the Koreas' land border is rare, and most North Koreans defect to South Korea via China.