June 02, 2023

Lawmakers reveal identities of two North Koreans forcibly repatriated in 2019

Statement says both fishermen in their 20s and from Chongjin, information that expert says ‘humanizes’ their case

South Korean lawmakers revealed the identities of two North Korean fishermen forcibly repatriated in 2019 for the first time on Thursday, as they seek more information about what happened to the men after their return to the DPRK.

According to the lawmakers, the two fishermen apprehended near the inter-Korean maritime border in Nov. 2019 were U Bom Son and Kim Hyon Uk, who are now 25 and 26 years old, respectively.