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Also among the forlorn graves are the bodies of nearly 30 North Korean commandos who unsuccessfully stormed South Korea’s presidential palace in 1968, as well as a North Korean agent who killed himself after planting a bomb that killed 115 people aboard a South Korean jetliner in 1987.

Neither Pyongyang nor Beijing has shown interest in taking back the remains of their nationals or trying to identify them.

In a written response to an AP request for comment, the Chinese Civil Affairs Ministry said it “will closely monitor the conditions of overseas facilities for Chinese martyrs and will collaborate with related departments on relevant efforts.”

It made no direct reference to the South Korean cemetery.