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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on August 23rd, 2013 at 5:22 am

Abducted South Korean Fisherman Rescued From North Korea After 41 Years

Something the ROK should demand during any talks to re-open the Kumgang Resort for example is that the North Koreans return the hundreds of South Koreans they have abducted over the decades:

A South Korean fisherman who was abducted by North Korea 41 years ago is expected to return to the South soon.

Chun Wook-pyo (68) was among 25 fishermen aboard the trawlers Odaeyang No. 61 and 62 who were abducted by North Korea in 1972 and the only one to succeed in escaping.

A photograph showing Chun in indoctrination training on Mt. Myohyang along with 35 other South Korean fishermen was revealed in February of 2005 by Choi Sung-yong of the Family Assembly Abducted to North Korea.

Until the photo was published, Chun was not even on the government’s list of abduction victims, which only put 24 fishermen aboard the trawlers.

Chun wrote to President Park Geun-hye earlier this month asking for her help, telling her he had escaped at the risk of life because he misses his family and friends at home more and more and wishes to spend his remaining years with them and be buried here.

A diplomatic source said Chun is “in a safe location” and will arrive in South Korea soon.  [Chosun Ilbo]

It is good to see that the ROK government under Park Geun-hye appears to at least be helping these families get back to South Korea.  The ROK government during the Roh Moo-hyun years were so disgraceful on this issue that a 66 year old Korean grandma had to lead her own rescue mission to help her husband who had been abducted by the North Koreans while the ROK government did nothing in fear it may upset their talks with the North Koreans.

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  • tom langley
    6:12 am on August 23rd, 2013 1

    The North Koreans are nucking futs! Of what benefit to them is keeping a 68 year old fisherman? I like President Park. She has got a lot of stones just like her Dad.

  • Glans
    12:53 pm on September 2nd, 2013 2

    The human rights commission hears the case of Yokota Megumi, the thirteen year old Japanese girl kidnapped by the North Koreans in 1977. Elaine Lies reports for Reuters.


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