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North Korean defectors
As North Korea successfully tests a major new weapon, we speak to its most famous defector, Thae Yong-Ho. He was North Korea's deputy ambassador to the UK. An established member of North’s political establishment, he had previously held other diplomatic posts in Denmark and Sweden. Then in 2016 he made the monumental - and extremely dangerous - decision to defect to South Korea. He remains the highest-ranking diplomat in recent years to defect from North Korea. In a wide-ranging interview he told World Update's Dan Damon about the mindset of other high-ranking members of the North Korean regime and whether they do still believe in the idea of a socialist system. (IMAGE: A video-grab from AFPTV footage of Thae Yong-Ho at the North Korean Embassy in London, November 2014 CREDIT: AFP PHOTO / AFPTV / KATIE SCHUBAUBRKATIE SCHUBAUBR/AFP/Getty Images)
Jessie Kim managed to escape from North Korea after being neglected as a child.
How do Christians in North Korea hear the gospel when they live in such a secretive state? FEBC radio is South Korea’s largest radio broadcaster. Their aim is to subvert the North Korean regime’s ban on religion by broadcasting across the border – as well as smuggling radios across the Chinese border. (Photo credit: BBC)