N. Korea Tries to Woo Back Defectors With ... TV Fame?
Returnees supposedly offered money, TV appearances
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2013 3:01 AM CDT
Signs are reflected in a North Korean defector's sunglasses during a rally near the Chinese Embassy in Seoul.   (AP Photo/Ahnn Young-joon)

(Newser) – North Korea is trying to woo back defectors with promises of cash rewards and TV appearances instead of one-way tickets to the gulags where an estimated 200,000 of their countrymen languish, defectors in Seoul tell Reuters. Around 25,000 defectors live in South Korea and some of them say their families have been visited by security agents who say their loved ones will not be harmed if they return.

There have been at least six press events over the last year featuring returning defectors, who pledge their loyalty to Kim Jong Un and talk about how miserable their lives in the South were. "Defectors all watch these press conferences. We know it's better to live here but the loneliness and hardship makes us feel like wanting to go back," says one defector who runs a radio station in Seoul that broadcasts to the North. It's not clear what happens to the defectors after their TV appearances.

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kawahchan
Aug 20, 2013 11:49 AM CDT
(R) 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: Our 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY presidency have a new thought, why not North Korea's Kim Jong-un ought to let these elder senior between ages 70-100 to migrate to South Korea to live with their loved-ones and relatives before the short-life to sunset. * About the Texan <-> North Korean Academic Exchange-program of Artificial Intelligence Research & Development on Ada CPU micro-chip; at the early stage, we are just looking for the PASS ONE Ada Syntax Charts engineers to write an Ada Language Interpreter. * Have the North Korea's KIM JONG IL UNIVERSITY choose any top students/scientists from School of Computational Science yet ? They must be expert in Syntax Programming, Algorithms & Data Structures. we know North Korea just like most of the East, you guys are using LINUX C, use Linux C to port an "Ada Language Interpreter" from scratch first as a basic blue print, then later on, see we can use high quality IBM C compiler to re-compile this written "Ada Language Interpreter"; we expect later on to use a "true" IBM Ada Compiler to re-write this "Ada Language Interpreter", that is IBM Ada writing "Ada Language Interpreter". It is easier to find IBM 370 clone (such as Hitachi in Asia) to develop IBM 370 Micro-codes for this "Ada Language Interpreter" to build an Ada CPU micro-chip circuit. Of course, if Texas Instruments (TI) agree to sell their "closeout" TI9900 CPU chip set -- (that is more ALGOL or PASCAL type circuit), a closeout CPU set sold to North-South Korea is negotiable. Motorola 68000 CPU chip set is considerable as well. * Keep in mind, we DON'T use any Operating System software to drive the Ada CPU, but the itself's chip-pins.
19_56_19_55
Aug 20, 2013 11:10 AM CDT
They either go to prison or shot and really how much can you buy with ten dollars of North Korea money. but prison is free and a bullet only cost a few pennies. North Korea will never change unless the government is overthrown. If there are some that go back you can bet they have less freedom than they had in the South that's a fact.
Tat2d2bamuse
Aug 19, 2013 12:12 PM CDT
UM DONT GO! This is how it starts. I am sure Hitler lewd his first few Jews with gold and job promises. I.e. Camp and gas chambers Why would anyone defect back???