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U.S. Senate adopts resolution urging probe into N.K.'s involvement in college student's disappearance

2016/12/09 10:09

SEOUL, Dec. 9 (Yonhap) -- The U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations has adopted a resolution urging the government to re-investigate the possibility of a U.S. college student, who disappeared in China more than a decade ago, being abducted to North Korea, a U.S.-based broadcaster said Friday.

Radio Free Asia (RFA) said the resolution, adopted at a plenary session of the Senate committee Thursday, calls for the government to look into the allegations that North Korea could kidnap David Sneddon, who was 24 years old when he vanished in China's Yunnan Province in 2004.

Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, appealed for the support of the resolution at the session, saying the government should continue to carry out inquiries on information related to Sneddon's disappearance.

The resolution also includes a clause calling for China to cooperate with South Korea and Japan in cases where their nationals have been abducted to the North in the past, according to the RFA.

In September, the U.S. House of Representatives also adopted a similar resolution.

South Korea's Abductees' Family Union, which campaigns for the return of South Koreans who were abducted by North Korea, has claimed that Sneddon was kidnapped by North Korean agents to make him an English tutor of Kim Jong-un, the then-heir to North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.

North Korea has a record of kidnapping foreign nationals.

In 2002, then-North Korean leader Kim Jong-il admitted that 13 Japanese citizens were kidnapped to the North in the 1970s and 1980s to train communist spies in Japanese language and culture. He then allowed five of them to return to Japan, saying that eight others were dead.

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