Defection of five North Koreans hinted
SEOUL, South Korea — Five North Koreans crossed into South Korean waters in a boat Saturday, sailing across a heavily guarded maritime border between the two nations in what appeared to be an attempt to flee the North, South Korean coast guard officials said.
The North Koreans — four men and one woman — indicated that they wanted to defect after their boat was stopped by a South Korean coast guard patrol ship south of the maritime border and off the eastern coast of the Korean Peninsula, the officials said.
South Korean officials said a formal investigation will be required before concluding that the North Koreans are indeed defectors.
“Investigators from relevant government agencies are currently interrogating them to determine whether the North Koreans want to defect and other details,” said Choi Su-jun, an officer at the coast guard office in the city of Donghae on South Korea’s eastern coast.