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North Korean Video Urges Defectors' Return

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Download North Korea has posted online interviews with the families of four of its citizens who have asked to defect to the South.

The four are part of a large group of North Koreans who accidentally drifted over the maritime border on a boat last month.

While 27 want to go back to the motherland, four have asked to stay in Seoul.

But now Pyongyang has hit back, posting interviews with family members pleading for their loved ones to return and saying they've been brainwashed by the South.

Radio Australia’s Mark Willacy reports.

As her distraught mother speaks to the camera the teenage girl sits quietly holding her hand.

But as soon as her mother finishes the girl makes an urgent appeal.

"Father I miss you. Please come back now," she cries.

The girl's father is Hong Yong-hak a 44-year-old North Korean who accidentally drifted over the Yellow Sea border on a boat last month with 30 others.

But Hong is one of four who doesn't want to return home.

The other 27 were taken to the heavily fortified border last week by South Korean authorities.

But officials from the North refused to take them back until the other four were returned too.

Seoul says the two men and two women have chosen to stay of their own free will but Pyongyang is not backing down.

Now it's posted video interviews with the families of the four on the internet.

"My husband's not a man who would betray the motherland," says Hong's wife.

"Why would he ever want to defect?" she asks. "I urge them to return my husband and the others to this country where their families are waiting," she says.

"They make the ridiculous claim that my daughter's defecting," says another woman who says she's the mother of 22 year old Pak Myong-ok who the South says also wants to stay.

"This is all a conspiracy," says the mother of Bong Un-ha a 21-year-old nurse also trying to defect.

"How would Un-ha ever fall to brainwashing by the enemy?" she asks.

The real tragedy here is that these North Koreans not only face the prospect of never seeing their family members again but also the possibility that they'll be dispatched to prison camps because their relative has committed the ultimate sin - that of treason.

Pyongyang is demanding that Seoul bring the four would-be defectors to a meeting with their families at the border so that they can confirm in person that they want to stay in the South.

The South says it will do no such thing.

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