27 Feb '11, 12pm

S. Korea to return 'drifted' N. Koreans

S. Korea to return 'drifted' N. Koreans

SEOUL: South Korea will this week send back 31 North Korean workers who had drifted across the two countries' tense sea border earlier this month, a report said Sunday. South Korea was close to completing investigations on the 11 men and 20 women, none of whom had expressed an intention to defect to the South, Yonhap news agency reported, citing a Seoul official. "Since none of them wishes to defect, all 31 of them will be returned home by Panmunjom within this week," said the unnamed official quoted by Yonhap, referring to a heavily-fortified land border village. Their boat will be returned through the maritime border off the west coast, the official was quoted as saying. The South's defence ministry declined to comment. A spokesman for the unification ministry handling inter-Korean affairs was unavailable for comment. The fishing workers arrived off Yeonpyeong island nea...

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