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Son of North Korea Hijack Victim Says South Korea Is Complicit

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By    |   Wednesday, 21 February 2018 10:56 PM

A Seoul man says his father has been held captive for nearly 50 years by North Korea and blames South Korea, in part, for "keeping its silence," and watching the North Korean delegation at the Olympics has made him uneasy and concerned.

"I saw the unification flags being raised, people from both Koreas dancing together, celebrating," Hwang In-cheol told USA Today. "Rather than anger, a sense of resignation is what I feel. I'm just concerned. I keep wondering how South Korea will be used by North Korea next."

Hwang Won went missing in 1969 when his plane from Gangneung to Seoul was hijacked and forced to land in a city on North Korea's east coast. North Korea released 39 of the 50 passengers, but Hwang's father was kept behind.

Hwang, 50, has been working to bring his father back since 2001 when North Korea held reunions of families separated since the Korean War.

When Hwang registered with the Korean Red Cross to assist him in reuniting with his father, the North Korean side insisted they didn't know his father's whereabouts. Hwang didn't get any help from South Korea's Ministry of Unification, but didn't give up.

"As the North and South attempt more rapprochement, more engagement, more peace initiatives, issues like ours become a hindrance," he said. "The South Korean government wants the families of the victims to remain quiet."

With help from the United Nations in 2016, his story was brought to light, but it hasn't brought his father home.

"The South Korean government has a legal obligation to urge North Korea to return my father," he said. "But instead of doing that, the government is keeping its silence, and by doing so it has become an inadvertent accomplice to these criminal acts."

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A Seoul man says his father has been held captive for nearly 50 years by North Korea and blames South Korea, in part, for "keeping its silence," and watching the North Korean delegation at the Olympics has made him uneasy and concerned.
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