North Korea denies kidnapping US student 12 years ago

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David Sneddon, photographed at a training center in 1999. Now, allegations have resurfaced that he was kidnapped from China by North Korea in 2004. Photo courtesy of the Sneddon family
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David Sneddon, photographed at a training center in 1999. Now, allegations have resurfaced that he was kidnapped from China by North Korea in 2004. Photo courtesy of the Sneddon family

North Korea denies kidnapping US student 12 years ago

by: Kim Gamel | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: October 11, 2016

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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