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S. Korea demands release of nationals held in N. Korea

All News 14:24 July 15, 2016

SEOUL, July 15 (Yonhap) -- South Korea urged North Korea on Friday to release its nationals being held in the communist country, including one accused of trying to kidnap North Korean orphans.

In a press conference held earlier in the day, North Korea said it arrested a South Korean named Go Hyeon-cheol, 53, for committing the crime at the orders of South Korea's state spy agency.

"We strongly demand North Korea swiftly release our detained nationals, including Mr. Go Hyeon-cheol, and return them to us without delay," the South's unification ministry said in a statement.

Three other South Koreans -- Kim Jeong-wook, Kim Kuk-gi and Choi Chun-gil -- have also been held in the North since their arrests in 2013 and 2014.

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