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DPRK fishermen tell media they were kidnapped by south and treated inhumanly

04-22-2011 08:45 BJT

PYONGYANG, April 21 (Xinhua) -- Ten of the 27 Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) citizens who returned after being "kidnapped by the South Korean navy" earlier this year told a press conference here Thursday they had been inhumanly treated by the south.

Several fishermen once detained by South Korea state their "kidnap case" at a press
conference in Pyongyang, Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), April 21, 2011. A
press conference on detained fishermen case was held here Thursday. On Feb. 5, 31 DPRK
fishermen lost in thick fog when fishing at sea. After being detained by South Korean
authorities for more than one month, 27 were sent home on March 27, but South Korea said
the remaining four had "defected" and would not return. (Xinhua/Zhao Zhan)

They told the media at the People's Palace of Culture details about how the South Korean navy "kidnapped" them and strongly condemned its "inhuman act" against them.

They stressed four others who were still in South Korea were loyal to the motherland and top leader Kim Jong Il.

Several fishermen once detained by South Korea sing a song at a press conference in
Pyongyang, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), April 21, 2011. A press
conference on detained fishermen case was held here Thursday. On Feb. 5, 31 DPRK fishermen
lost in thick fog when fishing at sea. After being detained by South Korean authorities for
more than one month, 27 were sent home on March 27, but South Korea said the remaining four
had "defected" and would not return. (Xinhua/Zhao Zhan)

On Feb. 5, 31 DPRK fishermen drifted into South Korean waters due to thick fog while fishing at sea.

After being detained for more than a month, 27 were sent home on March 27, but South Korea said the remaining four had "defected" and would not return.

The DPRK Red Cross Society sent a notice to the south on March 30, seeking a north-south Red Cross working contact to discuss settlement of the issue but this was rejected by South Korea.

The central committee of the DPRK Red Cross Society released a statement on April 18 and disclosed "the truth about the inhuman act" by the South Korean authorities against the DPRK fishermen.

 


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