May 16, 2021

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Two North Korean sailors rescued on Saturday will defect, South Korea says

Remaining two were repatriated via Panmunjom on Wednesday morning

Two of four North Korean sailors rescued by the South Korean authorities last week have decided to defect, Seoul's Ministry of Unification (MOU) announced on Tuesday.

The men's ship was discovered drifting south of the inter-Korean maritime border on Saturday, and was discovered by a South Korean fishing boat at 0650 local time.