• A North Korean defector turned TV celebrity may have been kidnapped by Pyongyang

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    Lim Ji-hyun fled North Korea to make a life in China and later South Korea, where she gained some fame by appearing on a television show that featured defectors who left Pyongyang behind. Now she’s surfaced on television again — this time on a North Korean program claiming she voluntarily returned to “the Mother Country” after becoming disillusioned with life outside her homeland. However, authorities are trying to find out if she genuinely did return on her own accord, or if she was kidnapped by Pyongyang as a warning to other defectors.

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