NK Keeping Over 500 South Koreans Prisoner Including Plane Crew Hijacked 45 years Ago

October 15, 2013: North Korea is still holding 516 South Koreans abducted since the end of the Korean War in 1953, including 11 from a Korean Air Lines passenger aircraft that was hijacked almost 45 years ago.

The names of the missing were provided by South Korea’s Unification Ministry to Choung Byoung-gug, a politician from the ruling Saenuri Party. Mr Choung said the return of the abductees is the government’s top priority and a “critical humanitarian concern.”

The plane was hijacked by a North Korean agent, Cho Chang-hui, who walked into the cockpit and forced the pilots to change direction until they entered North Korean airspace. They were met by North Korean fighter jets, with Pyongyang initially insisting that the pilots had defected to protest against their government.  Continue reading at The Telegraph.