July 02, 2022

South Korea returns seven North Koreans whose ship entered ROK waters: Seoul

Defense ministry says crew voiced desire to return after fishing boat crossed sea border due to mechanical problem

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates. (Updated at 6:41 p.m. KST with reports on contact between Koreas via military hotline)

The South Korean military handed over seven North Koreans to the DPRK at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, according to Seoul’s defense ministry, after their fishing vessel crossed into South Korean waters the previous day due to a mechanical problem and “route error.”