S.Korean priest insists on returning from DPRK through MDL

19:43, August 18, 2010      

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South Korean priest Han Sang Ryol who is visiting the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said in Pyongyang Wednesday that he would return home through the Military Demarcation Line (MDL) despite South Korea's disapproval.

Han, who has visited Pyongyang more than 40 times, is making his current visit without the permission of the South Korean government.

He told a press conference that he felt the love of peace and eagerness for unification on the DPRK people during his stay here.

He appealed to South Korean authorities to return to the road of the June 15 Joint Declaration reached by the DPRK and South Korean leaders a decade ago.

Han said he will continue to fight for the peaceful reunification even if South Korean authorities would put him into prison.

Han was lauded as a pro-reunification figure by the DPRK media. He arrived in Pyongyang on June 12 and visited many places and met many people in the DPRK.

The Red Cross Society of the DPRK has sent notices twice to the South Korean Red Cross, asking them to guarantee the safety of Han after his return.

According to the local reports, the South Korean authorities said they did not approve Han's return to South Korea through the MDL.



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