December 06, 2023

Seoul to strip independence fighters of hero status if they helped North Korea

Veterans minister says those who fought Japanese occupation do not deserve honor if they contributed to Kim regime

Independence fighters who opposed Japanese colonialism could be stripped of national hero status in South Korea if they contributed to the creation of North Korea, Seoul’s veterans minister said Monday.

In a statement posted on social media, Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs Park Min-sik said that even those who fought against Japanese rule do not deserve status as Persons of National Merit if they “contributed to the creation of North Korea's Kim Il Sung regime or communism.”