Former North Korean ambassador to Italy Jo Song Gil is far from the first to defect from the oppressive regime. Photo: EPA

Human scum? A short history of North Korea’s defections

  • Defectors are a source of shame for Pyongyang. It often brands them ‘human scum’ and accuses South Korean spies of kidnapping them
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Former North Korean ambassador to Italy Jo Song Gil is far from the first to defect from the oppressive regime. Photo: EPA
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