Defector to North Korea likely ex-gymnast who previously escaped, South Korea says – The Washington Post

Some 33,800 North Koreans have fled to the South since the early 1990s to escape poverty and political oppression. Most of them make their way to South Korea through China, and crossings through the fortified DMZ are rare. The narrow strip is the most heavily armed borderland in the world, with minefields and barbed-wire fences.

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