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(LEAD) N. Korea repatriates S. Korean citizen: ministry

All News 15:38 August 07, 2018

(ATTN: UPDATES throughout with details)

SEOUL, Aug. 7 (Yonhap) -- North Korea repatriated a South Korean citizen Tuesday through the border village of Panmunjom in a "positive humanitarian" move, Seoul's unification ministry said.

The 34-year-old, whose surname is Suh, illegally entered the North late last month, according to the ministry.

The ministry did not reveal other personal details, including the gender of the person.

On Monday, the North's Red Cross informed the South of a plan to send the individual back.

The North repatriated the person via Panmunjom at 11 a.m., a ministry official told reporters.

The government views the North's "humanitarian" measure as "positive," added the official.

But six South Korean nationals, including three missionaries, remain detained in the communist nation.


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