December 28, 2017: In this UPI piece, Mr Hwang reveals for the first time a failed defection attempt in 2013.
“… Mr. Hwang told UPI by Skype on Wednesday that he had tried to bring Hwang Won, 80, home in 2013. But a plan to smuggle him out of North Korea was scuttled following North Korea’s third nuclear test.
The people who were going to retrieve his father more than four years ago recently confirmed his whereabouts. “Father is still alive,” Hwang said, adding that he is 80 years old and twice divorced.” Continue reading at UPI‘s site.