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North Korean Defectors to Create Government in Exile, Paper Says

  • DongA Ilbo reports high-profile group plans government in U.S.
  • Group would combine democracy with Chinese economy model
Thae Yong Ho.

Thae Yong Ho.

Photographer: Ahn Young-joon/AP Photo

A group of high-profile defectors are planning to establish a North Korean government in exile in the U.S. early next year, a South Korean newspaper reported Friday, citing one the of the group’s leaders.

The defectors -- some of whom are based in South Korea -- aim to play a key role in the democratization of North Korea, the DongA Ilbo newspaper said. The move comes amid an increase of high-profile defections and an apparent rise in the number of elite officials in the isolated nation turning against leader Kim Jong Un, the newspaper reported.