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2009/10/01 19:54 KST
(LEAD) 11 N. Koreans defect to S. Korea through East Sea

SEOUL, Oct. 1 (Yonhap)-- Eleven North Korean defected to South Korea through waters off the South's east coast on Thursday, a government source said.

   The source said the 11 North Koreans -- five men and six women -- expressed their willingness to seek asylum in the South after crossing the sea border in a ship around 6:30 p.m. and arriving in the South Korean port city of Jumunjin on the east coast.

   The Ministry of Defense is expected to announce details on their defection soon, according to the source.