Former North Korean Diplomat Wins Seat in South’s Legislature
A former North Korean diplomat has won a seat in South Korea's National Assembly.
Thae Yong Ho was a candidate in the South Korean parliamentary elections on Wednesday. He became the first North Korean to have fled the North and won an assembly seat. Tens of thousands of North Koreans live in South Korea.
Thae was elected to represent voters in the mostly wealthy Gangnam neighborhood in Seoul. He was a former minister at the North Korean embassy in London. He defected and resettled in South Korea with his family in 2016.
"Republic of Korea is my motherland," an emotional Thae said at his campaign office. "I thank you (Gangnam voters) for selecting me to become the first (defector) from North Korea to win a constituency ... I'll only uphold your order and work hard."
Thae later bowed deeply and waved his hands, making his fingers in the shape of the letter V. He started singing South Korea's national anthem with supporters as tears came to his eyes.
Thae is a member of the country's main conservative opposition, the United Future Party. It has called for stronger action to deal with North Korea's nuclear activities and its record of human rights abuses.
North Korea was not a major issue in the South Korean elections. Instead, many voters are concerned about the spread of the new coronavirus. The South's ruling, liberal Democratic Party espouses better relations with North Korea. The party took control of 180 of the 300 available seats, partly because of the government's reaction to the virus.
Before the elections, Thae said he decided to compete for a seat in the National Assembly to help South Koreans understand the true nature of North Korea. He also said he wanted to map a better unification policy. He has said his election would give hope to suffering North Koreans.
It is unusual for a member of the North's ruling elite to defect to South Korea. About 33,000 North Koreans have fled to South Korea over the past 20 years. Most are rural people escaping poverty.
Thae has said he decided to flee because he did not want his children to live "miserable" lives in North Korea. He said he was saddened after watching North Korean leader Kim Jong Un execute officials and seek development of nuclear weapons.
North Korea has called Thae "human scum" and accused him of stealing government money and other crimes.
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太永浩（Thae Yong Ho）是周三举行的韩国议会选举的候选人 。他成为了首位逃离朝鲜并赢得议会席位的朝鲜人 。成千上万的朝鲜人在韩国生活 。
太永浩当选成为首尔最富裕的江南区选民的代表 。他曾是朝鲜驻伦敦大使馆公使 。2016年，他与家人叛逃并在韩国定居 。
太永浩在他的竞选办公室动情地表示：“韩国是我的祖国 。感谢江南区选民选举我成为首位赢得选区的脱北者 。我维护您的指示并努力工作 。”
太永浩随后深鞠一躬，挥了挥手，并比出胜利的手势 。他开始和支持者们合唱韩国国歌，泪水夺眶而出 。
太永浩是韩国主要保守党派未来统合党的成员 。该党呼吁采取更强有力的行动应对朝鲜的核活动及其侵犯人权的记录 。
朝鲜问题不是韩国大选的主要议题 。相反，许多选民担心新冠病毒疫情 。韩国执政的自由民主党主张与朝鲜建立更友好的关系 。该党控制了300个席位中的180个，部分原因是政府应对病毒方面可圈可点 。
在选举前，太永浩表示决定竞选国民议会席位，以帮助韩国人了解朝鲜的真实情况 。他还表示，他想要制定出一项更完善的统一政策 。他曾表示，他的当选会给遭受苦难的朝鲜人带去希望 。
朝鲜统治精英成员叛逃韩国是很不寻常的 。在过去20年里，有大约3.3万朝鲜人叛逃韩国 。大多数都是逃离贫困的农村人 。
太永浩表示，他决定逃亡是不希望自己的孩子在朝鲜过“悲惨的”生活 。他说，看到朝鲜领导人金正恩处决官员并寻求发展核武器后，他感到很难过 。