Pyongyang, April 28 (KCNA) -- The chairman of the Central Committee of the Red Cross Society of the DPRK Thursday sent the following notice to the president of the Red Cross of south Korea:
We have strongly urged your authorities more than once to disclose
the truth behind the group allurement and abduction of citizens of the
DPRK by gangsters of the Intelligence Service of your side in Zhejiang
Province, China in broad daylight and to immediately and unconditionally
send the abductees back and sternly punish or hand over to the
inviolable court of the DPRK side those involved in the abduction.
A particular mention should be made of the fact that I sent through
media a notice in which I requested your side to take immediate
technical measures for the families of the abductees to go to Seoul via
Panmunjom to have face-to-face meetings with their daughters and confirm
their will, as your authorities unreasonably assert that what happened
recently was "group defection from the north at free will".
But your authorities categorically turned down our just request to
have the earnest wish of the families of victims realized, while talking
about "international practice."
We cannot but view this otherwise than a mean and childish act to
prevent the truth behind the premeditated and organized group abduction
from being revealed.
We know details of how the gangsters of the Intelligence Service of
your side worked out a scenario from the beginning to lure and take the
innocent citizens of the DPRK to south Korea and put it into practice,
and have evidence proving the crime.
The evil-minded agents of the Intelligence Service of your side, in
conspiracy with brokers in China, allured and abducted the group of
citizens of the DPRK in the most base and vicious manner to take them to
south Korea. This hideous unprecedented crime against humanity has
touched off towering indignation of the public at home and abroad.
What is all the more intolerable is that your authorities separately
put the abductees in custody in solitary rooms and are pressurizing
them into "defection" by employing all possible means of appeasement,
deception, threat and blackmail while keeping them strictly away from
Our citizens are now on hunger strike, strongly demanding their
prompt return to their motherland. Some of the girls have fallen in a
We cannot but ask if this is "humanitarianism" and "defence of human rights" often touted by your side.
A big question is for what reason they have been detained in
solitary rooms, kept away from the outside and prevented from expressing
their own will if they had gone to south Korea at "their free will".
Your side is preventing parents from meeting their children under
the pretext of "international practice." This is the height of
It is universally accepted international practice and
humanitarianism to ensure the earliest possible reunion between parents
and children who had been separated from each other against their will.
Your side does not have any reason whatsoever to refuse to meet the
just demand of the DPRK to let the parents directly meet their children
to know what they want.
Your side has already completely lost face to talk about reunions of
separated families and relatives as you divided their harmonious
families by taking their beloved children from the embrace of their
We regard the Red Cross of your side's fence-sitting attitude
towards the hideous group abduction as an inhumanitarian act of
diametrically running counter to the noble spirit of Red Cross.
We would like to remind your side of possible unimaginable and
catastrophic consequences if the situation is allowed to go on.
If the Red Cross of your side remains true to the humanitarian
mission, it should play a role in making your authorities apologize for
the allurement and abduction, unconditionally and immediately send back
the abductees and sternly punish those involved in the monstrous crime.
As an immediate step, we once again strongly demand your side take
prompt technical measures to ensure that the families of the abductees
meet their children face to face in Seoul.
If your side persistently turns down our just demand, your side will
have to be accountable for all ensuing serious consequences. -0-