Kim Jong-un has been ordered to cough up hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages in a case by North Korean defectors in Japan who say they were deceived by repatriation promises of Pyongyang, described as “paradise on Earth.”

The leader of the isolated nation was symbolically called to attend a Tokyo court on Thursday over a resettlement scheme that saw over 90,000 people relocate from Japan to North Korea between 1959 and 1984 in what the plaintiffs consider to be “state kidnapping.”

The group have accused North Korea of deceiving relocators “by false advertising” for a place where “the enjoyment of human rights was generally impossible.”

Hundreds of thousands of Koreans initially came to Japan during Tokyo’s colonization of the Korean peninsula, largely by force, to work as laborers in mines and factories. However, after the bloody Korean war (1950-53), Pyongyang launched a scheme to bring its overseas population home to account for the number of workers killed. (RT)