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North Korea to send 2 detained South Koreans home

North Korea to return 2 detained South Koreans it says illegally entered the North

North Korea to send 2 detained South Koreans home

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea will return two South Koreans who Pyongyang accused of illegally entering the country last month, Seoul said Monday.

Officials at South Korea's Unification Ministry said the North informed them that the South Koreans will cross back into the South on Wednesday through the truce village of Panmunjom on the border.

Seoul said the two South Koreans, a 59-year-old man and a 51-year-old woman, went missing near the North Korea-China border while traveling in China. North Korea said they illegally crossed its border on May 11.

The ministry said it has been in contact with relatives of the missing people. North Korea has occasionally detained South Korean and American nationals on accusations of spying and illegal entry.

The Korean Peninsula remains officially at war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

Updated : 2021-09-23 09:07 GMT+08:00