South Korea has attempted to send a notice to North Korea demanding the release of 40,000 abducted South Koreans but North Korea has not confirmed receipt.
“It may be late, but our citizens must be immediately returned and released to South Korea,” read the South Korean notice.
The letter asked North Korea to keep in mind the concerns of the families in South Korea who have been unable to keep contact with their abducted relatives.
South Korean newspaper JoongAng Daily reported North Korea most recently abducted South Korean Christian missionary Kim Jung-wook in 2013. In March, North Korea detained Kim Guk-gi and Choe Chun-gil on charges of spying on behalf of Seoul.
In May, a South Korean NYU student was detained in North Korea. Joo Won-moon claimed he crossed into North Korea with the objective of being arrested.