NIS Document on a Kidnapped Individual to North Korea Was Revealed

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first_imgNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News NIS Document on a Kidnapped Individual to North Korea Was Revealed There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest By Kim Yong Hun – 2007.08.08 6:18pm News News center_img SHARE Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak AvatarKim Yong Hun Facebook Twitter [imText1]Choi Sung Yong, Representative of Family Assembly abducted to North Korea revealed a government document on the 6th that verified the fact that his father, Choi Won Mo (age at kidnapping, 57) was kidnapped to North Korea in 1967.Representative Choi requested the release of information confirming the status on his father’s kidnapping last March.Regarding this, the National Intelligence Service gave Rep. Choi a document last May that verified the fact that, “[Your] father Choi Won Mo was on a fishing boat with seven other fellow crew members on the “Ship Poongbook” in the Yeonpyeong Island Northwest seas on June 5, 1967 when kidnapped by a North Korean patrol boat.”On this document, the NIS added that “[After being kidnapped to the North] during the forced detainment while in North Korea before coming to South Korea, evidence of treason against the North Korea was found and was thus forcefully detained with the ship. However, the truth that his father had been active as an intelligence operative agent for the UN troops was not verified.”Until now, the government had individually notified the families of the kidnapped individuals verbally of their kidnapping and their detention in North Korea. However, it is an anomaly to respond to an information request of a South Korean family with a corresponding answer.According to Rep. Choi, his father’s hometown was Jungjoo, North Pyungan Province and had belonged to the U.S. KLO base during the Korean War. He had taken on the responsibilities of transporting Chinese People’s Army and the [North Korean] People’s Army prisoners of war and military goods in Baekryong Island.The North Korean authorities had discovered his records after the kidnapping and thus he was not able to be repatriated. According to Choi, it is known that his father was executed in North Korea in 1970.On the other hand Rep. Choi expressed, “The Unification Minister left the kidnapped families’ hearts in pain as he recently used the expression, voluntary migrant to North Korea, regarding the kidnapped individuals. I released this official document to show how wrong Unification Minister Lee Jae Jung’s statement on ‘North Korea migrants’ showing that the NIS had officially verified the North Korean kidnapping atrocity.”Related to this, the members of the Family Assembly abducted to North Korea took a candlelight vigil in front of the private home of the Unification Minister on the 6th to receive an apology from Minister Lee Jae Jung about the North Korea migrants statement. North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img

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