Six North Koreans, including five members of one family, who escaped into China in December arrived in Seoul today.
That brought to 10 the number of North Koreans who have defected to South Korea this year. In 1994, 50 North Koreans fled to the South.
O Su Ryong, 61, leader of the group, said he had defected because there was no food to support his family. He came with his wife, a 31-year-old son and two granddaughters, 2 and 4 years old. The sixth defector was identified as Pak Chul Man, 28.
The six had crossed into China on Dec. 29.