SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Monday it’s returning three North Koreans who crossed the Koreas’ sea border aboard a wooden fishing boat over the weekend.
Seoul’s Unification Ministry said in a statement it decided to let the North Koreans return home in line with their wishes.
It said the North Koreans were to sail across the sea border back to North Korea aboard the same boat later Monday.
Fishing boats drift across the Koreas’ eastern sea border in both directions. South Korea typically returns North Korean fishermen unless they are suspected of espionage. But it also lets them resettle in the South if they want, often triggering angry response from the North.