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C’est un véritable aller-retour à travers la frontière la plus surveillée au monde qu’a réalisé un transfuge nord-coréen d’une trentaine d’année. © AFP It is a real round trip through the most monitored border in the world that a North Korean defector has made Thirty years.

We learned this Sunday, January 2nd that a person had managed to cross the interceorean border, the most militarized in the world to go to North Korea. An extremely rare fact, usually these are North Koreans wishing to defect south that borrow this very dangerous path. And according to Seoul, the individual who has crossed this weekend is a North Korean who had already foiled the security of the South Korean army by succeeding in defection south through the border in November 2020.

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with our correspondent In Seoul, Nicolas Rocca

is a real round trip across the world's most monitored border that a North Korean defector has about thirty years. In less than a year and a half, this person, presented as an old gymnast, has managed to cross the buffer zone between the two Korea in both directions. A form of exploit both the boundary is monitored on both sides and filled with mines like barbed wire. Already arrested fifteen hours after crossing the border when he arrived in November 2020, the latter again managed to thwart a second time the vigilance of the military, whose border management is strongly criticized in recent years.


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Once in the South, it was interviewed by the information services before spending the three months of mandatory training for the North Koreans made defection. It then settled in a neighborhood of Seoul known for its high concentration of transferges before finding a job as a maintenance agent. Little information filtered except that he knew, like many North Koreans once in South Korea, serious economic difficulties. Information contested by the authorities that claimed the financial assistance dedicated to the Transfumes.

Difficult to foresee his motivations, while some suspect of espionage without any element coming for the moment support these suspicions. Can not know if the thirties are still alive because the North Korean soldiers would have been ordered to shoot anyone crossing borders to avoid spreading CVIV-19.

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