North Korean defectors living in South Korea have launched a new political group that aim's to "terminate the Kim Jong-il regime" in Pyongyang.
Announcing the formation of the Committee for Democratisation of North Korea, the group's founders attacked the South Korean government's policy of engagement with the North.
The committee, which says it groups together 21 organisations for North Korean defectors, criticised the government in Seoul for "recklessly expending" resources on "the dictator" by expanding economic ties with and giving aid to North Korea.
"Some 23 million compatriots in the North are still groaning under dictatorship and repression, worse than Japan's past colonial rule," it said.
"South Korean taxpayers' money has returned as [North Korean] nuclear weapons and missiles, but few raise this problem."
North Korea staged missile tests in July and a nuclear test in October.
Hwang Jang-yop, the highest-ranking defector to the South, has been named chairman of the group.
Hwang was secretary of the ruling Workers' party before defecting in 1997. He is now a leading critic of Kim Jong-il, the North Korean leader.
About 10,000 North Koreans have defected to South Korea in the past 50 years - 1,600 last year alone.
Hundreds of thousands are estimated to be hiding in China awaiting a chance to go to South Korea.
The group estimates that there are 400,000 North Korean refugees in China and elsewhere.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16