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NKorean claims South agents tricked her to defect

NKorean claims South agents tricked her to defect

A North Korean woman says she was tricked into defecting to South Korea by agents who offered to arrange a reunion with her long-lost father.
Pak Jong Suk's account made to local and foreign reporters in Pyongyang on Thursday could not be independently confirmed. The Unification Ministry in Seoul said it is investigating.
The U.S. State Department accuses North Korea of harshly punishing defectors if they are repatriated. Pyongyang denies rights abuses.
The 66-year-old Pak said the agents promised a meeting in China but instead took her to South Korea, where her father had been living since the Korean War.
She says she chose to return home to North Korea.
Seoul says more than 23,000 North Koreans have defected to South Korea since the war ended in 1953.


Updated : 2020-12-01 08:23 GMT+08:00