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South Korea: Kim Dae-jung Kidnapping by KCIA Affirmed

(Dec. 2, 2007) The South Korean government made a report public in late October 2007, which concluded that the Korea Central Intelligence Agency (KCIA) had seized former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung while he was in Japan in 1973. The National Intelligence Service report said that evidence supported "the possibility that, up to a certain point, the plan had been pursued as an assassination." The negative impact on Japan-Korea relations was a concern of both countries, but Japan said it would not pursue the incident further after Seoul's ambassador to Japan visited Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura and said the kidnapping was regrettable. (Reuters, Kim Dae-Jung Says He's Unhappy with Kidnap Report, CHINA POST, Oct. 31, 2007, available at http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/2007/10/31/128877/Kim-Dae-jung.htm.)