Tuesday, December 22, 2009

7 North Koreans cross by sea to S. Korea

Seven North Koreans crossed into the South by taking a seldom used sea route that has been the site of deadly naval clashes between the rival Koreas in the past, officials said on Tuesday.

Government officials initially said the seven were seeking to defect to South Korea. But after questioning, group members said they wanted to return to the North, Yonhap news agency reported.

South Korea has in the past returned home North Koreans who said they accidentally drifted across the border.

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