Yuna Jung, a North Korean refugee who fled to South Korea in 2006, participates in a speech contest organized by the nonprofit organization Teach North Korean Refugees in Seoul, South Korea, Feb. 23, 2019. KIM GAMEL/STARS AND STRIPES
Yuna Jung, a North Korean refugee who fled to South Korea in 2006, participates in a speech contest organized by the nonprofit organization Teach North Korean Refugees in Seoul, South Korea, Feb. 23, 2019. KIM GAMEL/STARS AND STRIPES

American soldier doubles as speaking coach for North Korean refugee

by Kim Gamel
Stars and Stripes

SEOUL, South Korea — Yuna Jung, a North Korean refugee who escaped to the South, did a doubletake when she learned the regular occupation of her American speaking coach.

“He said he was a military officer. I said, ‘wow you’re the real enemy,’” she recalled, laughing as she explained that she used to shoot at targets simulating U.S. soldiers during military training as a teenager in North Korea.

Jung, now 32, reassured Capt. Matthew McGoffin that he doesn’t look at all like the targets, which were made to look ugly and sinister.

The duo worked as a team for about three months to prepare Jung for a speech contest organized by the nonprofit organization Teach North Korean Refugees.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.575615

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