2 N.Korean Drifters Want to Defect to South

Two of the three young North Koreans rescued by the Korea Coast Guard near Ulleung Island on Saturday after their ship ran adrift want to defect to the South, a Unification Ministry official said Monday.

Seoul has sent a message to North Korea that one of them will be returned Tuesday through the border truce village of Panmunjom.

Earlier, North Korea in a message urged the South promptly to return the fishermen and their boat. But the ministry official said Seoul will respect the wishes of the two fishermen who want to stay.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jun. 03, 2014 11:37 KST