DPRK accuses S Korea, U.S. of making issue of defectors from North

21:17, March 23, 2010      

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The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Tuesday accused South Korea and the United States of making an issue of "defectors from the North."

The accusation was made by a spokesperson of the DPRK's national reconciliation council, according to the official KCNA news agency.

The news agency quoted the spokesperson as saying that South Korea and the United States describe those defectors as refugees while they in fact are "criminals" and "traitors" from the DPRK.

"They have abandoned their families, parents, brothers and sisters and friends in quest of their own comfort," the spokesperson said.

In spite of South Korean and American "seduction, allure and abduction" and despite propaganda campaigns against DPRK, they will get nothing but "a miserable end," he said.

The spokesperson stressed the DPRK will never pardon those traitors, who will be tried by the nation.

The KCNA said South Korean authorities try to exploit the "defectors from the North" to form "Alliance for the Movement of Free North," "Solidarity of N(orth)K(orea) Intellectuals" and other anti-DPRK organizations.

The United States even invited them to the White House and Capitol Hill to present them with "prizes," the news agency added.

It was the first public comment by DPRK on issues of "defectors from the North" in recent years.

Source: Xinhua
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