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Regarding report that Koreans entered Swedish and French embassies


ANSWER TO CORRESPONDENT BY MR. LE DZUNG, THE SPOKESMAN

OF THE VIETNAMESE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS ON 23rd DECEMBER 2004

AFP and Reuters: Four North Koreans entered the French embassy in Hanoi to seek asylum in the ROK. Please advise Vietnam's reaction to this incident. It is also reported that two North Koreans also entered the Swedish embassy in Hanoi seeking asylum. Please advise Vietnam's reaction to this incident and policy to deal with this issue. Are they allowed to leave Vietnam if they wish to seek asylum in the Republic of Korea?

Answer:

The French and Swedish embassies in Hanoi have contacted us to inform the incident.

We are working with relevant parties to solve the issue in accordance with Vietnamese laws, international law and practices in humanitarian spirit and in conformity with current situation.

 
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