Two North Koreans defect south by boat

Two North Koreans defected by sea to South Korea. In this April file photo, soldiers stand guard at the Joint Security Area on the Demilitarized Zone in the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea. File Photo by EPA-EFE/Korea Summit Press/Pool

May 20 (UPI) —¬†Two North Koreans crossed the tense western sea border into South Korea on a small boat earlier Saturday, officials have said, the latest in a string of defections by North Koreans in recent years.

Previously, the government said the pair was comprised of one soldier and one civilian, but corrected the statement in the afternoon, saying that both were civilian men in their 40s. There had been misunderstanding of one defector’s identity, the government said.

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