Some North Korean defectors who have made new lives in the South vow they will never stop fighting for the removal of the government in Pyongyang even if Kim Jong Un agrees to give up his nuclear weapons.
Choi Jung-hoon, a former North Korean army officer, who defected to the South in 2006 and who survived a North-driven assassination attempt in 2013, insists the Moon-Kim meeting will to do little to change his mind about the country he fled.
“No matter the outcome of these summits, our goal will still ultimately be regime change,” Mr. Choi said in an interview recently.
He spoke inside a discreet office in the South Korean capital, where he and handful of other defectors run Free North Korea Radio, a nonprofit that has piped subversive shortwave news broadcasts into the North since 2006.
Mr. Choi told The Washington Times the harrowing story of his own escape from North Korea, where he grew up never thinking of himself as an opponent of the regime. His views changed in 2006 after unintentionally running afoul of the government when he sought money in exchange for helping a South Korean family locate a kidnapped relative in the North.