South Korean army soldiers patrol a fence in Paju, South Korea, near the border with North Korea. File photo: AP
South Korean army soldiers patrol a fence in Paju, South Korea, near the border with North Korea. File photo: AP
North Korea

North Korean diplomat who defected to South worries about family back home

  • Ryu Hyun-woo and his family reached the South in September 2019 but their arrival was kept secret until last week
  • Some 30,000 North Koreans have fled repression and poverty to settle in the South, almost all of them first secretly crossing the porous border with China

South Korean army soldiers patrol a fence in Paju, South Korea, near the border with North Korea. File photo: AP
South Korean army soldiers patrol a fence in Paju, South Korea, near the border with North Korea. File photo: AP
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