The South Korean government has unveiled a symbol of people abducted and detained in North Korea, reaffirming its commitment to resolving the issue.
The symbol features three forget-me-not flowers representing South Korean abductees, detainees and prisoners of the Korean War. South Korea's Unification Ministry created it to serve as a lasting reminder of these people as part of efforts to achieve their repatriation.
Ten pieces of clothing incorporating the new design were unveiled during a Seoul Fashion Week show on Saturday.
Vice Unification Minister Moon Seoung-hyun said he hopes events like this will help raise public awareness of the issue, as it is not yet widely known in South Korea.
The head of a group of abductees' families expressed hope that the new initiative will lead to the confirmation of the whereabouts of their loved ones.
The move comes as North Korea takes an increasingly hostile stance toward South Korea.
The government of South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol has shown its willingness to address the issue, including setting up an abductees response team in the Unification Ministry.