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N. Korea to repatriate S. Korean held up in North in afternoon

2015/10/05 13:12

SEOUL, Oct. 5 (Yonhap) -- North Korea said Monday it will repatriate a 21-year-old South Korean student who has been detained in the communist country since April, according to the Unification Ministry.

The repatriation of Joo Won-moon, a New York University student caught while allegedly crossing into the communist country, will take place at 5:30 p.m., a ministry official said, citing a North Korean letter sent to the ministry.

In response, Seoul told Pyongyang that it will accept Joo through the truce village of Panmunjom, the official said.

"It's a relief that North Korea has decided to repatriate our national, Joo," the official noted, adding that the North should also send back three other South Koreans now held up in the country.

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