Former North Korean lieutenant colonel Han at his home in Seosan, South Korea. Photo: Park Chan-kyong
Former North Korean lieutenant colonel Han at his home in Seosan, South Korea. Photo: Park Chan-kyong
South Korea

Lingerie, secret tunnels, and chickens: a North Korean defector’s tale

  • Han, a former lieutenant colonel, needed to get underwear for his daughter – kicking off an illicit trade that eventually saw his family escape Pyongyang
  • He traded military secrets, including the location of previously unknown infiltration tunnels, for a new life in the South

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Former North Korean lieutenant colonel Han at his home in Seosan, South Korea. Photo: Park Chan-kyong
Former North Korean lieutenant colonel Han at his home in Seosan, South Korea. Photo: Park Chan-kyong
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