Seoul deports 2 N.Koreans for killing 16 crew members

North Korea massacre: Fishermen kill 16 crewmates before fleeing Kim’s hermit kingdom

North Korea massacre: Fishermen kill 16 crewmates before fleeing Kim’s hermit kingdom

North Korea views USA military exercises with South Korea as both a threat and a violation of the agreements which were reached at the Singapore summit in June 2018.

Kwon Jong Gun, a roving ambassador at North Korea's foreign ministry, said in a statement on Wednesday night that the USA decision to hold aerial exercises with South Korea in December "amounts to a declaration of confrontation with the DPRK".

More than 30,000 North Koreans have escaped from the reclusive state to the South since the two were separated by war more than 65 years ago, according to government data - many driven by prolonged economic hardship.

"The North had not requested that they be sent back".

Lee said the two were sent back through the Koreas' land border.

North Korean official Kwon Jong Gun on Thursday accused the U.S. of trying to resume joint aerial drills with South Korea next month, AP reported.

They then killed the protesting crew members afterwards one at a time and dumped the bodies overboard, Yonhap news agency reported.

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"We made a decision to deport them after determining that accepting them to our society could pose a threat to the lives and safety of our people and that such criminals cannot be recognized as refugees under worldwide law", Lee Sang-min, the Ministry spokesperson, told the media here.

But when they arrived at the North's Kimchaek port last week, with the intention of a quick turnaround, the third man was detained and the pair fled south in the same boat.

The authorities concluded after their investigation that the men had fled to the South after killing 16 other men on the vessel, Lee said.

Observers say the men are likely to receive heavy punishment in North Korea, including possible execution. It was the most provocative missile test in almost two years and came just days before long-stalled nuclear talks with the USA were set to resume in Stockholm.

They initially meant to return to North Korea and seek shelter.

On Thursday, Kwon Jong Gun, a roving ambassador for the North, accused the USA of trying to resume joint aerial drills with South Korea next month.

North Korean defectors are a sore point in relations between the two Koreas, with the North often claiming its citizens are held against their will in the South.

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