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SKorean World Boxing Champ: NKorean Olympians Won't Be Able to Defect 

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By    |   Friday, 09 Feb 2018 03:50 PM

A North Korean-born boxing champion who defected to the South with her family several years ago tells CBS News that any North Korean who wanted to defect during the Olympics would be hard-pressed to succeed.

CBS asked Choi Hyun-Mi, the world's super featherweight boxing champion now living in South Korea, if any defections were likely during the Olympic Games.

“They know the government would take their families hostage,” Choi replied in Korean. “They would be putting them at risk.”

She told CBS the North Korean athletes would be trailed by chaperones, making defection virtually impossible.

Choi, the world's super featherweight boxing champion, turned professional in South Korea about 10 years ago. She said she began boxing as a 9-year-old in a North Korean training camp, where, she told CBS, she competed against other girls for rice to feed their families. She and her parents eventually escaped through China. 

Vice President Mike Pence, who is representing then U.S. government at the games, reportedly met with four defectors and heard their stories of life in the brutal regime.

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A North Korean-born boxing champion who defected to the South with her family several years ago tells CBS News that any North Korean who wanted to defect during the Olympics would be hard-pressed to succeed.
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