Thursday, April 13, 2006

Korean Government May Swap Aid for Abductees

The South Korean government is reviewing a plan to offer large-scale support to North Korea, such as investment in a Social Overhead Capital (SOC) program, plant building, and goods in return for the repatriation of some 1,000 civilian abductees and prisoners of war (POW) that are believed to be alive in North Korea.

If the plan is approved, the government will suggest it to the North at the inter-Korean ministerial meeting in Pyongyang from April 21-24.

In return for the aid, the government is also considering additional demands, such as regular reunion sessions and letter exchanges for separated families.

The government is also studying the case in which the U.S. paid North Korea for the excavation of the remains of some 220 U.S. soldiers who were killed in the Korean War from 1996 to 2005. The U.S. is known to have paid more than $15 million to North Korea during this period.


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