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South Korea Fears Novelist Abducted

South Korean ministers appealed to China Saturday for help locating a prominent novelist they fear was abducted during a visit to a sacred site near China’s border with North Korea.

Foreign ministry officials say the novelist, Kim Ha-ki, may have been kidnapped by North Koreans while visiting Mt. Paktu, a prime tourist destination.

South and North Korea have traded accusations in the past of kidnapping each other’s citizens. The two Koreas have remained sworn enemies since their three-year war ended in 1953 with an armistice.

Kim, a 38-year-old novelist and former anti-government student activist, disappeared this week. He was last seen leaving a restaurant in the Chinese province of Jilin, an area bordering North Korea, the officials said.

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