N. Korea repatriates S. Korean citizen: ministry

SEOUL, Aug. 7 (Yonhap) -- North Korea repatriated a South Korean citizen Tuesday through the border village of Panmunjom in a "positive humanitarian" move, Seoul's unification ministry said.

In a message to Seoul a day earlier, Pyongyang claimed the 34-year-old, identified only by his surname Suh, illegally entered the country on July 22.

On Monday, the North's Red Cross informed the South of a plan to send him back, and Seoul accepted the offer.

The North repatriated Suh via Panmunjom at 11 a.m. as scheduled, a ministry official told reporters.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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