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Regarding deportation of North Korean residents

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고민석
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2019-11-07
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Regarding deportation of North Korean residents

November 7, 2019

The ROK Government deported two North Korean residents through Panmunjeom today(11.7) at around 3:10 P.M. The two North Koreans were seized from the East Sea on Nov.2.

The ROKG conducted a joint investigation on the two North Koreans who were captured after crossing the sea border near the Northern Limit Line on the east coast.

The Government learned that the two men in their 20s were on the run after killing 16 fellow crew members onboard a squid-fishing vessel on the East Sea.

The ROKG, through the South-North Joint Liaison Office in Gaeseong on Nov. 5, notified its intentions to deport the men back to the North. On Nov. 6, the North confirmed that it will take over these men.

The ROKG, through consultations among related government agencies, has decided to deport the two men under the following grounds: they are not eligible for protection under the ‘North Korean Refugees Protection and Settlement Support Act’ as they are offenders of nonpolitical and serious crimes including murder; they can be seen as possible threat to the lives and safety of our citizens if integrated into our society; and they cannot be recognized as refugees under international law as they have committed a heinous crime.

* Unofficial translation