Six North Korean defectors including the daughter and granddaughter of a South Korean prisoner of war arrived in Seoul last week, it was confirmed Wednesday. According to a diplomatic source here said the two women were among six defectors who had been hiding in South Korean diplomatic missions in Shenyang and Shanghai and were finally let go by the Chinese government.
The four women and two men are in relatively good health and are being questioned, the source added.
There are now no defectors left in South Korea's diplomatic missions in China.
One defector who arrived in the South last month along with the family of another South Korean POW was a seven-year-old girl, who was reunited with relatives who had defected to the South earlier. The three-member family had been hiding in South Korea's Embassy in Beijing for almost three years.
Beijing's decision to send the 10 defectors to the South appears to have been affected by growing international attention on the plight of the North Koreans hiding out in China.