Two North Koreans Including a Soldier Defect to South Korea

By Reuters
May 18, 2018News
Two North Koreans Including a Soldier Defect to South Korea
North Korean soldiers look at South next to a spot where a North Korean defected crossing the border as South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo visit on November 27, 2017 in Panmunjom, South Korea. A North Korean solider defected from the 'main gate' of two Koreas on November 13. (Photo by Korea Pool/Getty Images)

SEOUL—Two North Koreans defected to South Korea early on Saturday and were found in the Yellow Sea, Seoul-based news agency Yonhap reported, citing a government source.

Yonhap said that South Korean military spotted two people in a boat near the inter-Korean sea border, one of whom was a military officer, and they showed willingness to defect to the South.

South Korea’s unification ministry was not immediately available for comment.

The defection came after North Korea declined to accept a list of South Korean journalists hoping to observe the closure of its nuclear test site on Friday, raising new questions about the North’s commitment to reducing tensions in the region.

By Dahee Kim and Joori Roh

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