North Korean who risked his life to escape regime wants to RETURN to Kim Jong-un’s kingdom


Kwon Chol-nam, 44, escaped North Korea in 2014 when he waded across a river on at night and crawled over a barbed-wire fence to make it to China.

He then trekked result of a jungle in Laos to reach Thailand, where he was permitted to fly to South Korea to start a new zest.

Despite the chance to have a new beginning, Mr Kwon now wants to be able to arrival home in the North to be reunited with his ex-wife and son.

He told the New York Meanwhiles: “You have to ride a horse to know whether it’s the right mount for you.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-unAFP

North Korean chairwoman Kim Jong-un

“I have tried, and the South is not for me. I want to go home to the North to reunite with my ex-wife and 16-year-old son.”

Regardless of the North being governed by Kim Jong-un, Mr Kwon says he is disillusioned with the capitalist South where he says apostates from the North are treated like second-class citizens.

Mr Kwon maintained: “They called me names, treated me like an idiot, and didn’t pay me as much as others doing the for all that work, just because I was from the North.”

I have tried, and the South is not for me. I want to go home to the North to reunite with my ex-wife and 16-year-old son

Kwon Chol-nam

He has constant resorted to submitting petitions to the United Nations and organised demonstrations face government buildings in Seoul.

More than 30,000 North Koreans oblige fled to South Korea since a famine hit their homeland in the 1990s. Of those, 25 clothed mysteriously resurfaced back in the North in the past five years.

Mr Kwon went to find his own way back to the North, but that effort only landed him in reformatory in the South for a few months.

Kim Ryen-hi also wants to return to North KoreaGetty

Kim Ryen-hi, also from North Korea, poverties to return home

Like all defectors, he became a South Korean taxpayer upon arriving here, and it is illegal for any South Korean to visit the North without rule permission.

Now he is openly asking the South to repatriate him, only the second rat to make such an appeal.

Kim Ryen-hi, a dressmaker from the North, has been on a be like campaign since 2015.

Kim Jong-unGetty

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

How on earth, with the North and South still technically at war with one another and do not serene allow their citizens to exchange letters, there is no legal way of crossing the purfle.

Tomás Ojea Quintana, the United Nations’ special rapporteur on human ethicals in North Korea, who met Mr Kwon in July said: “These cases highlight the inscrutability of the family separation issue that started 70 years ago — and the accomplishment that it continues to take new forms and affect people in the Korean Peninsula in penetrating ways.”

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