S. KOREA ALLOWS NORTH FISHERMAN TO DEFECT

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SEOUL: South Korea said on Monday it had granted a defection request from a North Korean fisherman rescued a week ago by the coastguard, in a move guaranteed to anger Pyongyang. The Unification Ministry said the fisherman had been rescued on June 16 while drifting in a damaged squid boat in South Korean waters. “He said he had no intention to return to North Korea,” ministry spokesman Kim Eui-Do said, underlining Seoul’s policy of only repatriating those fishermen who ask to be sent home. It’s the latest in a series of cases involving rescued North Korean fisherman which have triggered angry exchanges between Seoul and Pyongyang.

AFP

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