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Summits give aged North Korean spies hope of returning homeHe's spent nearly six decades trapped on enemy soil, surviving 29 years in a prison where he was tortured by South Korean guards before being released to a life of poverty and police surveillance. Seo is among 19 Cold War-era North Korean spies and guerrillas who have served their time in South Korean prisons and are pushing to return to the North. In 2000, during a previous thaw in North-South relations that also saw their leaders meet, South Korea sent back 63 North Korean spies and guerrillas.In a written response, South Korea's Unification Ministry said it was not at this time considering sending back the former spies, adding the North has not recently asked for them to do so.During the 1950-1953 Korean War, he volunteered for the North's Korean People's Army. After the war ended, he settled in North Korea, and eventually became a spy.Most of the spies spent decades in prison.When the men entered prison, North Korea was wealthier than South Korea.
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