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21 NKoreans found on boat in SKorean waters

21 NKoreans found on boat in SKorean waters

A South Korean official says 21 North Koreans have been found on a boat in South Korean waters in the Yellow Sea.
A coast guard official in the port city of Incheon said Saturday that the boat was found floating off the northwestern South Korean island of Socheong earlier in the week.
The official declined to be identified or provide more details because authorities were still questioning the North Koreans.
South Korea's National Intelligence Service declined to comment. Neither Unification Ministry nor Joint Chiefs of Staff officials answered phone calls.
The arrival is the largest of its kind since February, when 31 North Koreans floated south on a boat in the Yellow Sea. Seoul later repatriated 27 of them and said it allowed the other four to remain according to their wishes to defect.


Updated : 2021-07-27 20:18 GMT+08:00