Seoul: N. Korea to Release Detained South Korean Student

October 5, 2015 4:14 AM

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North Korea will free a South Korean national who'd been attending New York University before his detention, Seoul officials said Monday, in a possible sign Pyongyang wants better ties with rival Seoul and may back away from a recent threat to launch a long-range rocket later this month.

North Korea told South Korea that it will repatriate Won Moon Joo, 21, at the border village of Panmunjom on Monday, Seoul's Unification Ministry said in a statement. Joo, who has permanent resident status in the United States, was arrested in April for allegedly illegally crossing the Chinese borde...

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