Pyongyang, July 16 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the National Reconciliation Council Wednesday made public a statement denouncing the south Korean puppet group for refusing to send back three residents of the DPRK under the absurd pretext despite its repeated demands for repatriation of all its five residents.
However, the puppet group did not send back DPRK residents to their
hometowns but is abusing them for its sinister confrontation moves
against the DPRK, the statement said.
The National Reconciliation Council bitterly denounces the puppet
group's forcible detention as an intentional and premeditated
provocation escalating confrontation with the DPRK and unethical human
rights abuse adding to the mental and physical sufferings of the crewmen
in unexpected distress and their families, the statement noted, and
The puppet group refused to repatriate DPRK's residents with its
trite methods such as "defection", a heinous plot to tarnish the image
of the dignified DPRK and worsen the tragedy resulting from division.
It should stop at once the smear campaign and send back all the
DPRK's residents unconditionally, clearly understanding that the
repatriation issue is not only an issue of human rights and
humanitarianism but also an acute issue which may seriously affect the
We will never remain a passive on-looker to this but take a strong counter-measure.
If the puppet group refuses to comply with our just demand, it will
be held wholly accountable for the ensuing catastrophic consequences.