Yonhap News Agency, Seoul, November 25th. The Ministry of Unification of South Korea stated on the 25th that the government tried to send a notice to the North Korean side to return the body of a suspected North Korean resident woman to North Korea, but the North Korean side never responded. Relatives claim” the remains will be cremated.
Li Xiaozhen, deputy spokesperson of the Ministry of Unification, said at a regular press conference that day that the government informed the North Korean side of its intention to send the corpse back to North Korea on the 11th of this month, but the North Korean side did not respond, and there was still no news after waiting for a week. According to the "Guidelines for the Disposal of Corpses of North Korean Residents", after consultation with the local government in charge, it was decided to bury the dead as "unclaimed by relatives".
According to police sources, on July 23, a female body was found in the grass downstream of the Junnan Dam in Yeoncheon County, Gyeonggi-do. Judging from the badge with the portrait of the North Korean supreme leader on her coat, she was presumed to be a North Korean resident. The Ministry of Unification stated that North Korea has so far responded to the South Korean body return notice up to six days later, but this time it has not responded for more than two weeks.
Usually, North Korea will receive corpses from South Korea wearing the badges of the late supreme leader Kim Il-sung and his son or having North Korean "citizenship certificates", but breaking this practice this time is very rare. The last time South Korea returned the bodies of residents to North Korea was in November 2019. (Finish)
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