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China forcibly repatriates hundreds of escaped North Koreans, US ambassador warns

The U.S. government is accusing the People’s Republic of China of human rights violations regarding its repatriation of escaped North Koreans.

Ambassador Julie Turner, who was sworn in as U.S. Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues this month, first addressed the issue Friday.

“I am gravely concerned by recent and credible reports that the PRC repatriated large numbers of North Koreans, including as recently as last week,” she said during an event at George Washington University’s Institute for Korean Studies.

 

DPRK NOrth Korea paintings

People line up to visit huge portraits of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, on the occasion of the 78th founding anniversary of the Workers’ Party of Korea in Pyongyang, North Korea. (KIM WON JIN/AFP via Getty Images)

“The U.S. government has a long history of raising this issue with the PRC government. We have, of course, raised the most recent cases, including last week,” Turner said.

Timothy Nerozzi is a writer for Fox News Digital. You can follow him on Twitter @timothynerozzi and can email him at timothy.nerozzi@fox.com

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