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Rodong Sinmun urges repatriation of unconverted long-term prisoners

Pyongyang, January 30 (KCNA) — The South Korean authorities, though belatedly, must return prisoners of war of the DPRK origin including Kim In So, Kim Yong Thae and Ham Se Hwan to their hometowns without raising any condition or excuse, said Rodong Sinmun in a signed article January 29.

The article said:
Kim In So, Kim Yong Thae and Ham Se Hwan were taken prisoner by the other belligerent side while fighting in South Korea during the past Fatherland Liberation War (June 25, 1950-july 27, 1953).
The successive South Korean rulers kept them behind bars for more than 30 years for the mere reason that they refused “ideological conversion,” harshly tortured and persecuted them and, moreover, prohibited them from exchanging letters with their family members and relatives.
In the new year, the DPRK side asked the south side again to send them back to the north. However, the south side turned down this request.
This is a wanton violation of international law on humanitarianism and the Korean Armistice Agreement and an unethical and immoral criminal act.
Though released from prison, Kim In So, Kim Yong Thae and Ham Se Hwan are in very delicate condition= they are denied political rights and freedom and, worse still, they are so old and sick that they cannot keep on living without help from their blood relations.
What they want is to be repatriated to the northern half of Korea at the earliest possible date and live in comfort for the rest of their days under the benevolent system together with their family members and relatives.

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