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N. Korea accuses S. Korea of abducting N. Korean workers in China

All News 23:26 June 02, 2016

SEOUL, June 2 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Thursday dismissed recent reports of three North Korean defectors from China arriving in Seoul as a lie, accusing South Korea of abducting the three North Korean females.

"The conclusion is that this incident, too, was the organized and premeditated abduction by gangsters of the puppet National Intelligence Service of South Korea," an unidentified spokesman for the North's Central Committee of the Red Cross Society said in a statement. It was carried by the North's official Korean Central News Agency.

The statement came one day after Seoul confirmed the arrival of three female North Korean workers from a North Korean restaurant in China's northwestern Shanxi province.

The defection of North Korea's overseas restaurant workers marked the second of its kind in about two months after a group of 13 North Koreans -- 12 females and one male manager -- arrived here after fleeing from their workplace in Ningbo, Zhejiang province.

"The allurement and abduction clearly proves that the puppet forces of South Korea are the most hideous human rights abusers and cruel international terrorists," the North Korean statement said.

"All the service personnel and people of the DPRK will never pardon the ceaseless hair-raising allurement and abduction by the puppet forces but force them pay a high price without fail," it added. DPRK stands for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.


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