A group of 22 North Koreans who had been returned home after their boats drifted into South Korean waters were all immediately executed by North Korean authorities, a source here said Sunday.
Two fishing boats carrying the North Koreans -- 14 women and eight men including three teenagers -- drifted into the western waters off South Korea's Yeonpyeong Island on Feb. 8 and were sent back home after South Korean interrogators found they had no intention of defecting, the National Intelligence Service said in a press release on Saturday.
More details on The Marmot's Hole and One Free Korea.
Apparently nothing out of the ordinary for the Roh administration. Thankfully we were spared the presidency of Chung Dong-young, the former Unification Minister who was a great friend of North Korea, but not of North Koreans. An excerpt of an interview he gave with Ohmynews, via One Free Korea, remarking on his opposition to organized defections:
[T]he government clearly opposes organized defections. For the people in the North to live their lives in the North with their families is necessary both for individuals and for co-existence and co-prosperity. The policies of reconciliation and cooperation call for humanitarian aid to the North along with strengthening of economic cooperation, and continuous pursuit of North Korea’s participation in the international community. . . . With this in mind, it is not desirable for anyone to organize defections, intentionally bringing people out of North Korea. In particular, this runs counter to the government’s policy of co-existence and co-prosperity. . . . [Incidents like last summer’s mass airlift of defectors] have been unfortunate from the point of the total interests of the Korean people.
As I wrote earlier, it doesn't make me feel very comfortable knowing that Chung gained nearly 80% of the popular vote in Jeollanam-do.
This all comes a few days after the South Korean government acknowledged that it knew its aid to the North was going directly to its military.
I wonder how much attention this will receive down here. Will it trigger the massive outpouring of grief the destruction of
As a teacher, I feel ashamed to tell my children that our country is still experiencing a disaster that would occur in an underdeveloped country.
Will the murder of their "brothers and sisters" by . . . their "brothers and sisters" be awash in hyperbole like "Korea's 9/11" or "Korea's Katrina"? Or is this just an internal, 민족 affair, that requires no comment at all?
Man, all that wood.