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DPRK frees four ROK fishermen

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has released four ROK fishermen, Yonhap news agency reported today.

The four fishermen had arrived at the de facto inter-Korean maritime border, said Yonhap, quoting a police source.

The DPRK announced it would release the four fishermen yesterday, hours after the two Koreas agreed to hold a new round of reunions next month for families separated by the Korean War -- the first in nearly two years.

The four fishermen and their boat were detained July 30 after crossing about 11km into waters off the DPRK' s east coast due to a faulty navigation system.

The DPRK had accused the fishermen of "illegally intruding" into its territorial waters.


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