Defectors Appear on North Korean TV

Created: 2013-06-21 19:07 EST

Category: World > Asia Pacific

Nine young North Korean defectors, who the United Nations and South Korea believe were forcibly repatriated to their isolated homeland last month, appeared on North Korean television on Friday.

Earlier in June, the UN said it was concerned about China's return of the nine to North Korea, where they face severe punishment, possibly execution, for having fled. 

The nine were first sent back to China after crossing into Laos.

North Korea's state-run television KRT broadcast footage shot on Thursday of the nine, all believed to be orphans, sitting for a talk show after their return.

The nine also sang a North Korean song "Ardent Desire"; one defector was seen crying during the song.

Hundreds of North Koreans attempt to flee from their country every year, often first crossing into China and then making their way to Southeast Asia.