North Korea Demands Women 'Abducted' by South Korea Are Sent Back

North Korea has called for a group of women it says South Korea abducted to be repatriated to the Communist state. Rodong Sinmun, a North Korean newspaper generally seen as the mouthpiece for the North Korean regime, published the demand.

The newspaper claimed that South Korea's disgraced ex-President Park Geun-hye had "abducted" a group of women and said that the people of South Korea were clamoring for the group to be returned immediately.

The article, published on KCNA watch, an aggregator of official DPRK media, suggested that South Korea is deliberately ignoring the voice of its people by not repatriating the North Korean women: " They are now deliberately evading the repatriation of those detained women citizens despite the demand of the south Korean public."

The group it refers to could be a group of North Korean restaurant workers who fled from their overseas jobs.

North Korean media has repeatedly used the ousted South Korean president, now in prison over a government corruption scandal, as an example of the "sinister" nature of South Korean politics, condemning her actions as evidence of its neighbor's "greed" and underhand actions.

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The article continued, saying that no further work should take place between the two countries without the situation being solved, referring to new South Korean President Moon Jae-in's attempts to open up dialogue between the rivals. "Explicitly speaking, no humanitarian work including the reunion of separated families and relatives in the North and the South can be expected without the settlement of the issue," the statement said.

As part of his election campaign, Moon promised to move away the status quo regarding South Korea's relationship with North Korea and attempt to engage with Kim Jong Un's regime, something that greatly appealed to young people.

In recent weeks, South Korea has made attempts to supply the North with anti-malaria supplies and medication via a charitable group given permission by Moon. However, the North rejected the aid, with reports suggesting the regime was angry South Korea had condoned sanctions.

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