October 1, 1998 |
A South Korean soldier missing in the Korean War returned home after spending the last 45 years in captivity in North Korea, with which the South is still technically at war. Staff Sgt. Chang Moo Hwan, 72, toiled at a North Korean coal mine before he escaped to China in August and found South Korean officials there, Defense Ministry officials said. Chang arrived by ship in Inchon, a port west of the capital, Seoul. He was not allowed to talk to journalists pending a government debriefing.