According to the agency, the two were taken prisoner in a battle in July 1953, and have since been kept Hoeryong, Hamkyong-pukto, as coal miners. They were previously listed as dead by Defense Ministry after the war.
Kim and Park's return followed Chang Mu-hwan's return in October, 1998. Chang, also a South Korea POW held in a labor camp in North Korea, successfully fled North Korea via China. South Korean authorities in November claimed that about 136 prisoners of war were still alive and being held in North Korea, following reports by returning former soldiers.
Korean war, which started in 1950, came to an end with the signing of the armistice agreement on July 27, 1953. For general questions about the war,you can check out an excellent source .
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Reports on Kim and Park on Korean newspaper.
Chang Mu-hwan said some ROK POWs were still alive in North Korea.