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North Koreans Rescued by S. Korean Navy Seek Asylum

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Two North Koreans have expressed their intention to seek asylum in South Korea after being rescued at sea by a southern naval patrol ship.

The two were among the three North Koreans who were rescued last Saturday while drifting off the South’s eastern coast. It is not clear why their boat had lost power.

South Korea's Unification Ministry said Monday that Seoul has accepted the asylum requests of the two who have decided to stay. It has also decided to allow the repatriation of the remaining one person through the truce village of Panmunjom.

The South Korean Red Cross sent a telegram to the North informing it of the decision.

Meanwhile, Pyongyang has sent a telegram demanding Seoul return all three of its citizens immediately.

This report was produced in collaboration with the VOA Korean service.

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by: Valeriu from: California
June 04, 2014 3:50 PM
To meanbill. I fit your description but would have happened anyway. I did visit my friends back home. One is a religious fanatic and 100% hypocrite, I don't miss him, the other is in Finland, third one ripped me off. So I am here in a country of no friends with my wife, friend of over 40 years, fighting, beaching and making peace. Crazy, under the impression that I didn't change, only they did. I just screwed my life for the idea of freedom I didn't find nor I now what to do with.

by: Al Borgmann from: US
June 04, 2014 12:19 PM
Really? During the 53-55 war Communist red Cadre were given orders to surrender and revive all Korean,KMT Veterans, and Volunteers. The POWs were held captive on islands below Korea The captured the Prison General A medical draft was then held in the US to develope chemical and biological weapons to drop on China using 8 NAZI scientists and Japanese from a special unit They then provided meth and LSD to all the hippies and Republicans The North Koreans will defect whenever possible to discredit the South.

by: Joe Blow from: Texas
June 03, 2014 12:48 PM
North Korea will be need a new telegram delivery man soon.

by: Zhang from: Home
June 03, 2014 3:08 AM
USA must strike North Korea dog down as soon as possible
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by: Tom Murphy from: West Virginia
June 04, 2014 9:11 AM
meanbill:
I guess that massive UN General Assembly vote against Russia escaped your notice. Every free nation recognizes the threats to freedom from dictatorial nations. We now see that two out of three North Koreans prefer to live in freedom in South Korea, in spite of Kim Jong Un's offer to keep them in the biggest concentration camps in the world.
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by: meanbill from: USA
June 03, 2014 1:56 PM
CRAZY isn't it? -- The US is the only country in the world, that see's threats, (real and imagined), everywhere in the world, like North Korea, Iran, China, Russia, Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, and all the other countries we're spying on? --- NOW that's crazy isn't it?

by: Valeriu from: California
June 03, 2014 2:28 AM
The third one will regret for the rest of his life the decision to return, no matter what his reason is. Not knowing what you missed is the killer.
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by: Jen Cleveland
June 03, 2014 1:54 PM
The third one will be heavily interrogated and probably shipped to a camp if his answers don't satisfy them...along with every generation of his family. Even if he didn't return his family is still facing a death sentence.
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by: meanbill from: USA
June 03, 2014 9:08 AM
HOME is where you put your hat down at night, and it may not look as good as yours, and you may not like how poor you are -- (BUT?) -- it's home, with your family and friends... WHEN you get older, you'll find out. all the wealth and possessions you possess mean nothing, in comparison to having friends and relatives present.. -- You can live in a dirt house and be happier, than another person living in a mansion with no family or friends.. -- CRAZY isn't it? -- those two guys might wish, that they'd gone back home......
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by: John from: Montana
June 03, 2014 5:35 AM
or.. he might be worried about what the north will do to his family. they will arrest his whole family up to his grand parents if they are alive and his children if he has any.

by: teacher from: usa
June 03, 2014 1:18 AM
Watch them. They may be two secret agents planted.

by: Johnny Woods
June 02, 2014 10:23 PM
The north wants the south to return people who are not owned by anyone. I mean are these people slaves or something. Do they not have individual rights to be wherever the hell they want to be? Does the north own them like cattle or something? I think not.
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by: giger from: near Miami
June 03, 2014 10:28 PM
Absolutely cattle! Even Pilots , if intercepted ,just wait until our pentagon released details about party-crashers in mil. exercise Singapore respectively the Ramp - up to the MH370 collision.
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by: Eric from: USA
June 03, 2014 5:25 PM
Basically, they do own their citizens. They have absolutely no rights or freedoms. If one person in a family is accused of a crime (such as watching a foreign DVD), three generations are sent to labor camps (concentration camps). This places a great burden on anyone trying to flee as their family will suffer the consequences. It's hard to image here in the west. While we complain about our personal liberties and freedoms, we take for granted the freedoms we have. The fact that we can come on these boards and bash our leaders sets us light years apart from NK, the most repressive country on earth.

by: meanbill from: USA
June 02, 2014 7:37 PM
They sought asylum in South Korea to learn the "gangnam style dance" -- that'll get you arrested in North Korea?

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