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Back in November, a nuclear scientist in North Korea took vacation time to visit family. He was reported to have shown signs of anxiety and needed the break. While visiting family near the border with China, the scientist suddenly disappeared, only to be detained by Chinese authorities. Instead of granting the scientist asylum or protection, China returned the scientist to North Korea.

Even though the scientist had been searched many times, he somehow obtained some kind of poison and used that poison to take his life while in a cell, awaiting interrogation by North Korean officials. No one knows how he obtained the poison, but it was clear that the scientist wanted no part of the North Korean regime.

(Radio Free Asia) – A North Korean nuclear scientist who defected to China has killed himself after being forced home, taking poison in a state security cell while awaiting interrogation, RFA has learned.

The defector, a researcher in the physics center of the State Academy of Sciences in Pyongyang, was one of a group of North Koreans detained in Shenyang city, China, on Nov. 4 and sent back on Nov. 17, a source in North Hamgyong province told RFA’s Korean Service this week.

“He killed himself only a few hours after he was placed in solitary confinement at the State Security Department in Sinuiju city” just across the border from China, RFA’s source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“He died before he could be questioned about the reasons for his escape, who had helped him, and what his route had been,” he said…

There have been a growing number of reports of North Koreans defecting or trying to defect to China, South Korea and anywhere else possible. Many of the defectors have shared reports on the horrible conditions in the country where many are starving and others are ill. Several defectors from the vicinity of North Korea where they are developing and testing their nuclear weapons, are testing positive for exposure to radiation.

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