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Gov't warns of N. Korean terror against S. Koreans visiting northern China

All News 18:07 July 26, 2016

BEIJING, July 26 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean government has called on local citizens to pay special attention to their safety when they travel to the northeastern Chinese provinces in preparation for possible North Korean terror attacks, an official at the South Korean consulate general here said Tuesday.

The provinces are Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang, where South Korean tourists swarm particularly during summer vacation as they can reach the favored destination of Mount Paekdu, a sacred place for the Koreans, the official said.

The South Korean mission recently held a series of meetings with organizations of South Korean residents, students, businesspersons and religious people in Beijing to provide them with information on the latest North Korean threats and call for them to pay special heed to their safety when visiting the provinces, the official said.

The consulate general asked them to refrain from visiting sensitive places adjacent to the North and to secure a network of emergency contacts as North Korean retaliation against South Koreans has been expected since 13 North Koreans working a Pyongyang-run restaurant in the Chinese eastern port city of Ningbo defected to the South en masse in April, the official said.

According to sources in Beijing, there have been signs in many places that North Korea is studying ways to dispatch its agents to China and Southeast Asian nations to commit terror against South Koreans there or kidnap them.

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