North Korean claims he was duped into defecting by South Korean intelligence
The North Korean restaurant manager who defected from China with 12 female staff in 2016 has claimed that he was tricked into fleeing to South Korea and later blackmailed by Seoulâs intelligence services.
The claims by Ho Kang-il, made in an interview with Yonhap News Agency, add weight to suggestions that the 13 North Koreans were misled by the National Intelligence Service and that their defection was a propaganda victory for the South just days ahead of the election of Park Geun-hye.
North Korea has consistently claimed that the group was âabductedâ from the Chinese port city of Ningbo and has demanded that they be returned to Pyongyang.
âOriginally I cooperated with the NIS and provided them with informationâ, Mr Ho said. âBut they lured me, saying that if I came (to the South) with my employees they could get us South Korean citizenship a nd they would open a restaurant in south-east Asia that could be used as an NIS hide-out.
âThey told me I could run the restaurant with the employeesâ, he said, claiming that the agency later went back on its word.Source: Google News South Korea | Netizen 24 South Korea