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5 DPRK citizens sent back by S.Korea
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2004-10-16 16:41

Five seamen of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) who were rescued while drifting into South Korean waters on two troubled boats were sent home Saturday,according to South Korean Yonhap News Agency.

Two DPRK men were spotted drifting aboard a badly damaged bargenear the western sea border on Thursday. They were returned via the border village of Panmunjom inside the Demilitarized Zone that separates South Korea and the DPRK, reported Yonhap.

The two DPRK seamen greeted by about 10 DPRK officials who presented them with bouquets.

The other three, who were rescued off the east coast of South Korea also on Thursday, were handed over to the DPRK on the sea border off the east coast, along with their boat which has been repaired, said Yonhap.

Immediately after they were rescued, the DPRK citizens told South Korean officials that they were not refugees seeking asylum and wanted to return home, said Yonhap.

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