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2 N. Koreans including one soldier defect to S. Korea

All Headlines 09:42 May 19, 2018

SEOUL, May 19 (Yonhap) -- Two North Koreans have defected to South Korea across the Yellow Sea, a government source said Saturday.

Earlier in the morning, the South Korean military spotted a small boat carrying the two in the waters north of Baengnyeong Island near the western inter-Korean sea border.

The two, of whom one is a soldier, told the military that they were willing to defect to South Korea.

It is the first defection since April, when the leaders of the two Koreas held a summit and reached an agreement on a wide range of measures to ease tensions and pursue various economic cooperation projects.

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