ROK repatriates 2 DPRK fishermen

Updated: 2010-01-06 17:22
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SEOUL: Officials say the Republic of Korea (ROK) has repatriated two fishermen from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) who were rescued from a boat drifting in ROK waters.

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The ROK's Unification Ministry spokeswoman Lee Jong-joo says the fishermen were sent back to the DPRK at the border village of Panmunjom on Wednesday.

She says the pair were found drifting in their motorless boat off the east coast on Sunday. They told ROK investigators they wanted to go back to their homeland.

Last month, the ROK repatriated seven DPRK fishermen whose boat accidentally crossed into ROK waters.

The two Koreas are still technically at war because their three-year conflict in the 1950s ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.