27 January, 2017
Since his release into society last month following months of custody by South Korea's intelligence agency, Thae Yong-ho has conducted a series of media interviews in what he says is an attempt to reveal the truth about North Korea.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reacts as he arrives for the opening ceremony of the Cemetery of Fallen Fighters of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in Pyongyang July 25, 2013, as part of celebrations ahead of the 60th anniversary of the signing of a truce in the 1950-1953 Korean War.
Thae also ensures that there is growing criticism of the regime of Kim Jong-un, something that was previously unthinkable.
Today's North Korean system had "nothing to do with true communism", Thae said, adding that the elite, like himself, had watched with unease as countries like Cambodia, Vietnam and the former Soviet Union embraced economic and social reforms.
Earlier in January, Thae said that a large number of high-level North Korean diplomats were eager to defect to South Korea.
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Hermit kingdom defector Thae Yong-hoa said the people of North Korea are fed up with the tubby tyrant's "reign of terror".
North Korean diplomats are generally compelled to leave one of their children behind in Pyongyang when they are dispatched overseas, but Thae was able to take both his sons, now aged 19 and 26, to London - easing his preparations to defect.
On the other side of the Pacific, President Trump has announced that the United States is developing a "state-of-the-art" missile defence system to protect the the country from potential attacks from Iran and North Korea. "And I think with that in mind he's going to turn the United States into North Korea 2.0".
Thae is advocating for increasing the dissemination of outside information into North Korea, which he said will be like spraying gasoline on a fire of public anger, eventually sparking a popular uprising that will topple the Kim family regime. However, that has triggered a corresponding crackdown on illicit information by the Kim Jong-Un regime.