DPRK insists there were no Korean War kidnappings

On June 29, North Korea declared that the story of Korean War kidnappings is a myth. The statement was published as a “Response of the Spokesperson of the Central Committee of the Democratic Front for the Reunification of the Homeland” through the state mouthpiece, Rodong Sinmun.

According to a South Korean government estimate, around 100,000 Koreans have been trapped inside the DPRK. They were taken by the North during the “6.25” War that began on June 25th, 1950, lasted three years, and left the Korean peninsula divided into two along the 38th parallel.

The report said, “South Chosun (Korean) puppets are playing a manipulative game, saying that national hero Kim Kyu-shik and 274 others were kidnapped during the war. Although the puppets are muttering about so-called Korean War kidnappings, these people voluntarily came back into the embrace of the republic, after feeling disillusioned by the puppet rule of Syngman Rhee who was pro-US and anti-Korean.”

It continued, “To say these heroes were “kidnapped” is an unbearable insult to them and their families. It is another cowardly and provocative act by southern puppets.”

The report added that to link the issue of Korean War kidnappings with the issue of North Korean human rights was a ploy designed to stir anti-DPRK feelings on the international stage.

“To conjure up such a non-existent issue out of nowhere” is the “criminal act of anti-DPRK puppets who are conservatives,” it finished. The progressives of South Korea have consistently argued against any statements that may provoke the DPRK, going as far to silence the testimonies of North Korean refugees.

 

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