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Seoul allows fisherman to defect in a move sure to anger North Korea

Published on Jun 23, 2014 12:09 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea said Monday it had granted a defection request from a North Korean fisherman rescued a week ago by the coastguard, in a move guaranteed to anger Pyongyang.

The Unification Ministry said the fisherman had been rescued June 16 while drifting in a damaged squid boat in South Korean waters.

"He said he had no intention to return to North Korea," ministry spokesman Kim Eui-Do said, underlining Seoul's policy of only repatriating those fishermen who ask to be sent home.

It's the latest in a series of cases involving rescued North Korean fisherman which have triggered angry exchanges between Seoul and Pyongyang.

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