Choe In-guk gives a statement to North Korean media after his defection. Photo: AP

South Korean lived life ‘in pain’ before defecting to North, says friend

  • Choe In-guk arrived in Pyongyang on Saturday – following in the footsteps of his parents, who switched allegiance in 1986
  • His friends say he could not shake the ‘infamous’ association and had struggled to find a stable job
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Choe In-guk gives a statement to North Korean media after his defection. Photo: AP
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North Koreans visit Mansu Hill to pay tribute to the late leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il. Photo: AP

Son of South Korea’s former foreign minister defects to the North, state media reports

  • Choe In-guk is the son of Choe Dok-shin, who defected to the North in 1986 with his wife after political disputes with then-president Park Chung-hee
  • Since the Korean war, more than 30,000 North Koreans have fled to South Korea but it’s highly unusual for South Koreans to go north
Topic |   North Korea

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North Koreans visit Mansu Hill to pay tribute to the late leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il. Photo: AP
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