June 02, 2020

South rejects North Korean reports tying mass defection issue to family reunions
Dismissal comes amid increasing calls in DPRK media for ROK to return 12 workers

South Korea on Friday dismissed attempts by the North Korean media to tie the controversial 2016 reported defection of 12 DPRK restaurant workers to long-stalled reunions of families separated by the Korean War.

The comments, which came from the South Korean Ministry of Unification (MOU), follow a notable uptick in coverage by the externally-focused Uriminzokkiri outlet calling on Seoul to repatriate the 12 women, who Pyongyang claims were abducted.