Monday, June 09, 2008

Abducted South Korean escapes from North Korea

A South Korean abducted more than 30 years ago has reportedly escaped from North Korea.

Sixty-five-year-old Yoon Jong-soo fled last month and is now under South Korean protection at a consulate in northeastern China. Yoon and 32 others ended up in the North when their fishing boat was seized off South Korea's east coast in 1975.

South Korean officials say Yoon's North Korean wife and their daughter have since been arrested.

Of those who were seized with Yoon, three have returned to South Korea in recent years. Yoon was among 480 South Korean civilian abductees, mostly fishermen, believed still alive in the North.

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