'Tortured' activist blasts S. Korea on China diplomacy
SEOUL (AFP) - A South Korean activist detained and allegedly tortured in China for helping North Korean refugees on Monday said Seoul should have taken a tougher stance with Beijing to win his freedom instead of relying on "quiet diplomacy".
Mr Kim Young Hwan said the torture exposed a "serious flaw" in relations between Seoul and Beijing.
"I hope my case will help reduce the torture of political prisoners in China," he told reporters, calling for international support.
"The harsh treatment I have undergone in China is not a simple matter involving two countries but one that requires attention, criticism and help from the international community," he said.