The son of the highest-profile South Korean ever to defect to North Korea has arrived in Pyongyang to completely resettle.
The state-run Uriminzokkiri web site reported that Choe In-guk arrived within the capital on Saturday to “dedicate his life to Korean unification on the steerage of chief Kim Jong Un“.
The web site revealed images and pictures exhibiting Mr Choe studying his arrival assertion at Pyongyang’s worldwide airport.
Choe is the son of former South Korean international minister Choe Dok-shin, who defected to the North in 1986 along with his spouse after political disputes with then-South Korean president Park Chung-hee. He died in 1989.
South Korea’s Unification Ministry stated Choe was in North Korea with out particular permission from the Seoul authorities.
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A spokesman stated Mr Choe was allowed to make 12 authorised journeys to North Korea since 2001 for occasions like visiting his dad and mom’ cemetery and attending the anniversary of his mom’s loss of life.
The 2 Koreas, break up alongside the world’s most closely fortified border for about 70 years, bar their residents from visiting one another’s territory and exchanging cellphone calls, letters or emails with out particular permissions.
For the reason that finish of the 1950-53 Korean Battle, greater than 30,000 North Koreans have fled to South Korea to keep away from political repression and financial poverty, however it’s extremely uncommon for South Koreans to go to North Korea to resettle.