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South Korea and Japan agreed on North Korean defectors

The South Korean and Japanese governments have agreed Sunday that the four North Korean defectors, which were found on an open boat Saturday close to Fukaora port in Aomori Prefecture, should be sent to South Korea, Yomiuri Shimbun reports.

The Aomori Prefectural Police have through their hearings with the four confirmed that the three men and one woman are family.

During talks between Japan and South Korea’s foreign ministers Taro Aso and Song Min-soon, Aso said “The police and the immigration office are currently hearing the escapees. We will take approriate measures once those hearings have been carried out”. He also mentioned the Japanese government’s intention of sending the North Koreans to South Korea.

At a press conference in Shibuya, Tokyo, PM Shinzo Abe said “Japan is a country that protects freedom and respects human right. This issue will be dealt with that in consideration, and from the humanitarian viewpoint”.

Original article from Yomiuri Shimbun (Japanese)

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