S. Korea Confirms 364 Kidnapped by North Korea

By Alex Johnston
Alex Johnston
Alex Johnston
October 15, 2012 Updated: October 16, 2012

South Korea confirmed Monday an additional 364 more people who were abducted by communist North Korean troops during the 1950 to 1953 Korean War. That brings the total number of confirmed individuals abducted by the North to 1,107.

A state-run panel verified 364 additional individuals who were abducted by communist forces during the war, reported the Yonhap News Agency. It also found that around 35 people went to North Korea of their own volition, but did not specify how they got there.

The panel was established last year to investigate kidnappings carried out by North Korea during the conflict and calls on the isolated and impoverished state to return those who are still alive back to their home country, according to the news agency. The South has also requested the remains of those who have died.

Seoul has estimated that more than 100,000 South Koreans were forcibly taken to North Korea, but the vast majority of these cases are not confirmed.

 

Technically, South Korea and North Korea are still at war, because the conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty and tensions between the two are still high. At the end of the conflict, the two created the 2.5-mile-wide, heavily fortified demilitarized zone at the 38th Parallel to separate them.

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