North Koreans Defect to South Korea
South Korea says a high-ranking North Korean military officer defected to South Korea last year.
South Korea's defense and unification ministries made the announcement Monday in Seoul. The unification ministry deals with issues between the rival Koreas. That includes bringing families together from both sides.
The unidentified officer is a colonel in North Korea's military. He worked in North Korea's General Reconnaissance Bureau and is said to be the highest-ranked officer to defect from the North.
The bureau conducts spying activities against South Korea, including cyber attacks. The agency also is blamed for the 2010 torpedo attack against a South Korean naval ship.
Forty-six sailors were killed in that attack. North Korea denies it carried out the attack.
The announcement Monday comes days after South Korean officials said that 13 North Koreans recently arrived in the South. They say the North Koreans were working at a state-owned restaurant in a foreign country and defected as a group. That would make it the largest group defection since 2011.
In a separate incident, a North Korean diplomat stationed in an African country defected with his family to the South last year.
More than 29,000 North Koreans have defected to the South since the end of hostilities in the Korean War. The numbers have declined since Kim Jong Un took over as leader in 2011.
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1.defect to 逃往；投靠
A North Korean pilot flew his MiG-19 to defect to South Korea in 1983.
2.military officer 军官
He seems more like a military officer than a business executive.
3.spying activities 间谍活动
It was a newspaper that exposed his spying activities.
4.cyber attack 网络攻击
Every day seems to bring news of some new cyber attack.
1.The unification ministry deals with issues between the rival Koreas.
deals with 处理；应付
Peleontology deals with the ancient animals and plants.
The aircraft company deals with freight only; it has no travel service.
2.That includes bringing families together from both sides.
bring together 集合；使...团结起来
We bring together two sides of a deal.
You shall be redeemed as soon as I can anyway bring together enough money.
周一，韩国统一部和国防部在首尔宣布了上述消息 。韩国统一部负责处理朝韩关系等问题，包括组织朝韩离散亲属见面等活动 。
据悉，脱北军官是一名大校 。原在朝鲜人民军侦察总局任职，而且该军官是目前脱北军人中军衔最高的官员 。
朝鲜人民军侦察总局针对韩国进行间谍活动，包括网络攻击 。该局被认为是2010年韩国军舰遭到的鱼雷袭击事件的幕后策划者 。
那次袭击致韩国46名海军丧生 。而朝鲜否认发动了这次袭击 。
然而就在宣布朝鲜大校脱北消息的前几天，韩国刚刚宣布，13名朝鲜员工集体脱北投奔韩国，这些人是一家驻外国营餐厅的员工 。这是2011年以来，集体脱北人数最多的一次 。
自朝鲜半岛战争结束以来，脱北入韩的朝鲜人已有两万九千多名 。2011年金正恩执政以后，脱北人数有所下降 。