July 26, 2016 12:33
The Foreign Ministry here is warning missionaries and other activists who assist North Korean defectors in the Chinese border area that North Korean agents could try to abduct them.
The North Korean regime has been rattled by recent group defections of elite workers in North Korean restaurants in China and could be minded to avenge itself, the ministry fears.
According to sources in China, North Korea recently dispatched agents or joined hands with local criminal gangs targeting South Koreans who are conspicuously active in the border area.
"The key targets of abduction or terror appear to be South Korean missionaries and businessmen who have frequent contact with North Koreans abroad," a source said. "But South Korean tourists in the border region could also become accidental targets."
The South Korean Consulate in Beijing is holding a session on Tuesday to educate students, residents and missionaries in China on how to stay safe.
The ministry recently urged travel agencies to refrain from selling group tours to parts of China near the North Korean border.
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