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3 fishermen returned home to North

Three fishermen found drifting in the waters off the coast of Yeonpyeong Island were returned to North Korea across the border in Panmunjom yesterday, the South Korean Ministry of Unification said. The island was the target of the North Korean attack in November. “Through joint questioning by related branches, it was confirmed that the three had no intent of defecting,” said Chun Hae-sung, spokesman of the Unification Ministry. The spokesman added that the fishermen showed no signs of carrying out espionage, which led to their return yesterday afternoon.

The men were rescued by a South Korean naval boat while drifting 0.5 miles south of the Northern Limit Line, a disputed border in the West Sea.

By Christine Kim [christine.kim@joongang.co.kr]
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