ASIA PRESS, amid of flow of news from South Korean media, covering the defection of Thae Yong-ho, minister of North’s mission at London, asked opinions from reporting partners in North Korea. The news was sent to them via e-mail in advance. A telephone interview was made with a middle aged female reporter in Northern area of North Korea on August 19.
Q: What do you think about the defection of the minister, Thae Yong-ho? Why did he go to the South even if he had a good life in foreign country?
A: Well… I don’t know what else he needed….
Q: It is said that he was supposed to return to North Korea.
A: That is why he decided to escape. If he comes back (to North Korea), there would be no chance to go out again. Who would like to live here? Well, everybody will try to capture him.
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Q: What do mean by “capture?”
A: He must be infected by capitalism as he had lived a long life in foreign country. Wouldn’t they tolerate him as he is? He should go through the revolution study process under whatever charge they want to put on him. Who would really like to come back?