(From AFP)

South Korea warned on Monday there is a risk of its citizens being abducted by Pyongyang in retaliation for the defection of 13  North Korean staff at a restaurant in China.

Nearly 30,000 North Koreans have, over the decades, fled poverty and repression at home to settle in the capitalist South

Twelve women working at the restaurant in the eastern Chinese city of Ningbo defected to the South with their manager last month.

Seoul said they came voluntarily while the North insists they were tricked into defecting by South Korean spies who effectively “kidnapped” them.

The South’s Unification Ministry, which handles inter-Korea affairs, said overseas missions had been advised to heighten their vigilance.

“We are closely watching out for multiple possibilities, including abduction or terrorism … by the North,” said ministry spokesman Jeong Joon-Hee.

“We are trying to ensure the safety of our nationals,” he told reporters. Read More

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