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.