Pyongyang, August 22 (KCNA) -- The Central Committee of the DPRK Red Cross Society sent the following letter to the south Korean Red Cross Monday:
As your side knows, our side demanded the south side authorities
several times unconditionally send back the abducted citizens of the
DPRK and allow their families to go to Seoul to meet their daughters
face-to-face as ardently requested by them, and south side organizations
of various circles, UN bodies and international human rights
organizations are also strongly demanding lawyers' interview with the
abductees and meeting with their families.
However, the south side authorities have unreasonably kept our
citizens in custody for over four months since they allured and abducted
them. Not content with their operation for forcing them to "defect,"
floating the story about "voluntary defection from the north" in a bid
to mislead the public opinion, the south side authorities announced
recently that they "settled in society."
This cannot be construed otherwise than a mean plot to escape the
domestic and foreign public criticism of forcible detention of our
citizens and pressure of the public demanding their unconditional
repatriation and cover up the truth behind the thrice-cursed group
abduction by the south side Intelligence Service.
The south side authorities prevent the abductees from being opened
to public and keep them from contacting media under the pretext of
"personal safety" though they claim that the "north's employees have
become free persons." This clearly proves that their claim is a sheer
What is touching off bitter anger is that the south side Red Cross,
which professes the "settlement of the issue of divided families" and
humanitarian cooperation between the north and the south, is conniving
at the authorities' anti-humanitarian act of forcing our citizens to
live separated from their beloved parents and families.
Our side lodges a strong protest with your side as your act of
keeping mum and overlooking the authorities' anti-humanitarian and
unethical acts is, in face, little short of patronizing them.
It is not a proper attitude and stand of the Red Cross body guided
by noble humanitarianism to overlook the present tragic situation where
new divided families and relatives appear in peace time.
Your side would be well aware that in case the south side
authorities refuse to send back our citizens now in custody, there would
be no discussion on any humanitarian issue between the north and the
south and this will entail irretrievable consequences.
If your side is truly concerned about the settlement of humanitarian
issues between the north and the south, your side has to make
responsible and sincere efforts to send our citizens back to the fold of
the DPRK where their families are eagerly waiting for them, though
Our side will closely watch your side's future attitude. -0-