S Korean priest arrested after crossing MDL: KCNA

18:48, August 20, 2010      

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South Korean priest Han Sang Ryol addresses a press conference in Pyongyang, capital of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Aug. 18, 2010. Han Sang Ryol said on Wednesday that he would return home through the Military Demarcation Line (MDL) despite South Korea's disapproval. Han appealed to South Korean authorities to return to the road of the June 15 Joint Declaration reached between DPRK and South Korean leaders. He arrived in Pyongyang on June 12 for a visit. (Xinhua/Yao Ximeng)

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) confirmed Friday that South Korean priest Han Sang Ryol was arrested immediately after crossing the Military Demarcation Line (MDL).

The official KCNA news agency reported that when Han crossed the line with a Korean Peninsula flag in his hand at 3 p.m. local time, South Korean plain-clothed agents handcuffed him and took him away.

Before his departure from the DPRK, people from all walks of life, youth and students went to see him off. Han waved bouquets and chanted slogans -- "national reunification" and "by our nation itself" -- at the truce village of Panmunjom, the KCNA said.

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

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

But the South Korean authorities said they did not approve Han's return to South Korea through the MDL.

Source: Xinhua

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