December 06, 2023

Sentenced to life five years ago, status of South Koreans in North Korea unclear

Choe Chun-gil and Kim Kuk-gi were charged with espionage, sentenced to hard labor on June 23, 2015

Tuesday marked five years since two South Koreans were sentenced to life in North Korea for "espionage," with no updates about their detention or health recently made available by either government.

The cases of Choe Chun-gil and Kim Kuk-gi, who received "a penalty of indefinite compulsory labor" on June 23, 2015, have not been mentioned by North Korean state media since November 2017. An NK News request for comment to a DPRK embassy went unanswered.