S.Korea returns 3 DPRK sailors, 2 bodies
SEOUL, April 6 (Xinhua) -- South Korea returned three sailors of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) rescued two days ago in its waters along with two bodies, Seouls Unification Ministry said Sunday.
The Mongolia-flagged cargo ship Grand Fortune 1 sank in open waters off South Koreas southern coastal city of Yeosu at dawn on Friday, with three crew members rescued, two bodies found and 11 others remained missing.
The Unification Ministry said in a statement that the South side handed over the three rescued DPRK sailors and the two bodies to the North at 2:05 p.m. Sunday local time through the border village of Panmunjeom.
The move came after Pyongyang asked for the repatriation of the rescued sailors and the bodies of the dead via Panmunjeom.
Pyongyang on Saturday urged the parties concerned to rescue its sunken cargo ship and help survivors return home at an early date from the humanitarian point of view, the DPRKs official KCNA news agency reported.
South Korea dispatched boats and aircraft to the scene for the third straight day Sunday to search the missing crew, but bad weather has hampered search and rescue operations.
The 4,300-ton cargo ship, which ran aground at around 1:19 a.m. on Friday, was heading to China from the DPRK city of Chongjin, carrying heavy oil and steel products.
DPRK denies link to crashed drone, accuses U.S. of double standards
PYONGYANG, April 5 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) denies any link to a drone that crashed during its live-fire drill earlier this week, official news agency KCNA reported Saturday.
An unidentified drone added disgrace to the South, said an unnamed spokesman with the Korean Peoples Armys strategy department. Full story
Unidentified unmanned airplane falls in inter-Korean border island
SEOUL, April 1 (Xinhua) -- An unidentified unmanned airplane fell in one of the five South Korean islands near the inter-Korean western sea border, Yonhap News Agency reported Tuesday, citing a government source.
The unmanned aerial vehicle crashed at around 4 p.m. Monday local time in the Baengnyeong Island, just south of the Northern Limit Line (NLL), or the disputed maritime border between the two Koreas, said the source. Full story
DPRK believed to fly drone to S. Korea for surveillance
SEOUL, April 2 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) was believed to fly a drone for the surveillance purpose to one of the five South Korean islands just south of the inter-Korean western sea border where Pyongyang conducted its live- fire drill earlier this week, Seouls presidential official said Wednesday. Full story
S.Korea mulls purchasing advanced radar to spot DPRKs UAV
SEOUL, April 2 (Xinhua) -- South Korea was reportedly considering purchasing advanced surveillance radar to spot small- sized, low-flying unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) dispatched from the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK). Full story
S.Korea fears DPRKs UAVs would advance into suicide bombers
SEOUL, April 4 (Xinhua) -- South Koreas top military officer said Friday that unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) will possibly advance into pilotless aircrafts with a suicide function, which will enable Pyongyang to conduct a kamikaze-style suicide attack with small- sized UAVs. Full story
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