N. Korean man sues to get father’s inheritance

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N. Korean man sues to get father’s inheritance

A North Korean man is seeking to inherit part of the assets left behind by his father who died in the South, government and court officials here said yesterday, just weeks after a similar case ended in assets being split among family members across the two Koreas.

The man in his 50s is currently preparing to file a lawsuit with the help of an agent in China and a lawyer in South Korea, the officials said on condition of anonymity. The man’s late father reportedly left behind an inheritance worth millions of dollars.

The alleged case comes on the heels of a similar inheritance dispute that ended earlier this month after a Seoul court mediated the split of assets worth 10 billion won ($9.35 million) between South and North Korean family members of a North Korean man who died here in 1987. It was the first time North Koreans were awarded assets left by a relative in the South.

The lawyer in charge of the new case visited South Korean ministries last month to discuss the possibility of transferring assets out of the country, according to a government official.

The large amount of assets involved in the recent inheritance lawsuits has raised suspicions of the North Korean regime’s involvement, the official added.

“Judging from the recent cases, it seems like the North Koreans are filing lawsuits with detailed knowledge of their parents’ inheritance. Wouldn’t that be difficult without the [North Korean] government’s help?” the official said.


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북한 주민 또 수십억 ‘상속 소송’ 준비

50대 북한 남성이 “남한에서 살다 사망한 부친의 유산을 나눠 달라”며 남한 주민을 상대로 수십억원대 상속 소송을 준비 중인 것으로 31일 알려졌다. 남북 이복형제 간 100억원대 상속 분쟁이 조정으로 마무리된 데 이어 유사 소송이 잇따를 조짐을 보임에 따라 정부는 북한 주민의 상속 권리는 인정하면서도 재산 반출 기준을 강화하는 방안 마련에 나섰다.

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