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North Korean spies yearn for home

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 01:29

April 30 - Former North Korean spies, who have been held in South Korea for nearly 50 years, are still loyal to their homeland, the ruling Kim family and its ideology. Sarah Charlton reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL In a house in the South Korean capital, two former spies are still loyal to their homeland despite being trapped in exile. Kim Young-sik and Park Hee-sung are among two dozen former North Korean agents held in the South. Seventy-eight-year-old Park has been here for nearly half a century, but his beliefs haven't changed. SOUNDBITE: (Korean) 78-YEAR-OLD FORMER NORTH KOREAN SPY PARK HEE-SUNG SAYING: "For an hour, I wish I could live with my loving family in the party's embrace in my peacefully unified nation and die." Park was captured in the 60s and jailed until his release in 1988. As relations thawed, some North Korean prisoners were sent home. But a transfer for Park has never happened. SOUNDBITE: (Korean) 78-YEAR-OLD FORMER NORTH KOREAN SPY PARK HEE-SUNG SAYING: "Once they had released me from jail, they could have sent me home which is what I wanted. I don't understand why they don't send us home and keep watching us even now. The police would chase us if we ran away. Why do they do that? They can just send us home." Every Thursday in Seoul, Park and Kim join a protest against the law which is used to imprison them. Tension on the Korean peninsular has risen in recent weeks, but the former spies insist their homeland is no menace to world peace.

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North Korean spies yearn for home

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 01:29

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