North Korea denies kidnapping US student 12 years ago
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea has denied allegations that its agents kidnapped an American student in China.
David Sneddon was said to have died in 2004 in China’s Yunnan Province in a hiking accident at age 24.
But speculation was raised that the Utah student may have been kidnapped by North Korea after a report by the head of South Korea’s Abductees’ Family Union.
A spokesman for North Korea’s Foreign Ministry denied the report in a statement posted Saturday on the state-run Korean Central News Agency.
KCNA said the kidnapping allegation was a plot by the Obama administration to tarnish North Korea’s international image by dramatizing “the non-existent ‘human rights issue.’”
“We flatly deny and categorically reject this far-fetched assertion as a swindle which does not deserve even a passing note,” the spokesman said.
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