Thae Yong-ho

former North Korean diplomat who defected to South Korea
The reason why I gave up all the privileges and economic benefits was that I felt I could not let my sons lead a life like me, as a modern-day slave.

Thae Yong-ho (born 25 July 1962) is a former North Korean diplomat who served as the North Korean deputy ambassador to the United Kingdom. He defected to South Korea in 2016.

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I believed the best legacy I could leave for my sons was to give them the freedom that is so common to everyone in America.

Remarks to the U.S. Congress (November 2017)Edit

Remarks to the U.S. Congress (1 November 2017)
  • The reason why I gave up all the privileges and economic benefits was that I felt I could not let my sons lead a life like me, as a modern-day slave. I believed the best legacy I could leave for my sons was to give them the freedom that is so common to everyone in America.
  • I could not take back the happy smiles of my sons by bringing them back to North Korea. I could not force my sons to pretend to be loyal to Kim Jong Un and the North Korean system and to shout "Long live the supreme leader Kim Jong Un!", "Long live the socialist paradise of the DPRK!" – like I did all my life.
  • I often was asked questions by my British friends which caught me flat footed. Trying to justify the North Korean system when, deep down, I knew their concerns were fair and legitimate.
  • While Kim Jong Un has already long had the tools to destroy South Korea effectively, he also believes it is necessary to drive American forces out of the peninsula. And this can be done, he believes, by being able to credibly threaten the continental United States with nuclear weapons. On top of the thousands of artillery pieces and short-range missile capabilities long held on the North Korean side, the potential deployment of battle-ready nuclear ICBMs means the threat is not only towards South Korea, but also towards America.
  • German reunification could not have been achieved if the Hungarian government did not open its border with Austria to provide an exit route for the East German people.
  • The world was united to abolish the South African apartheid. Now it is time for the world to stop the widespread and systematic human rights violations in North Korea, which are tantamount to the crimes committed by the Nazis.

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