141 Days of Hell, What about 40 Years?

August 7, 2009: Around 6 P.M. (local time) on the 5th, a private Boeing plane arrived at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, just outside Los Angeles. Inside were two reporters, newly pardoned after being detained for 141 days in North Korea, and a former president of the United States. …

Hearing that former US President Bill Clinton urged the release of the South Korea detainees as well as the two Americans, Hwang noted, “This is something that the South Korean government should do. I hope that negotiations to repatriate the KAL abductees will follow the recent release of the reporters.”

Regardless, he lamented the lukewarm attitude of successive South Korean administrations, “For the last ten years, there has been no policy regarding repatriations. From the beginning, this hijacking should have been resolved as an abductees’ issue or from the perspective of protecting fellow countrymen, but this never happened.” Continue reading at Daily NK.

Son of NK Kidnap Victim Yearns for Father

March 13, 2009: Yaeko Taguchi’s son Koichiro Iizuka, who met (former North Korean agent) Kim Hyon-hui, was separated from his mother when he was a year old. I lost my father when I was two.”

Hwang In-cheol, 42, made this statement yesterday at an office for the families of the victims of the 1969 hijacking of a Korean Air flight by North Korea.

“People have forgotten this incident and our government has paid no attention to us. The Japanese government has constantly raised North Korea’s past kidnappings. Our government should learn from the Japanese government,” he said. Continue reading at The Dong-A Ilbo.

Families of Hijacked in 1969 Call for Return of Abductees

December 11, 2008: A civic group Thursday urged the government to request that North Korea return abductees from an aircraft hijacked in 1969 in Gangneung, Gangwon Province. It has been 39 years since the tragedy, but there are still 11 people being held hostage, and the remaining families here called for public attention to the case, which has broken hundreds of people’s hearts. …

A group of the remaining families in the South called for the government to take more concrete steps for the return of the remaining abductees. “The news is now being forgotten among people and we are devastated that we may never see them again. We urge the government and our allies to ask the North to let us meet our beloved ones again.” Continue reading at The Korea Times.

Radio to Air North Abduction Stories

August 1, 2006: Dad, if you see this letter, please visit my Internet website. It is made only for you, and I will wait for your visit,” wrote Hwang Chan-uk, daughter of Hwang Won, a passenger of a Korean Airlines flight abducted by North Korea in 1969.

“How can we trust a government which has no sense of responsibility for abductees and makes no effort to find out if they are alive or dead?” said Kim Jong-seop, younger brother of Kim Do-gyeong, crew member of Yeong Shin, a ship abducted in 1968.

Families of South Koreans abducted by the North are expressing their frustration and 30 years’ sorrow to North Korea. Continue reading at The Dong-A Ilbo.