North Korea to release detained S.Korean NYU student

Joo Won-Moon, a student of New York University, is interviewed by members of the foreign and domestic media in Pyongyang, North Korea on September 25, 2015North Korea announced Monday it was releasing and deporting a South Korean studying at New York University who was arrested back in April for illegal entry, Seoul’s Unification Ministry said. Joo Won-Moon, a 21-year-old with permanent US residency, was to be repatriated through the border truce village of Panmunjom on the inter-Korean border at around 5:30 pm (0830 GMT), the ministry said in a statement. The move is likely to be seen as a goodwill gesture ahead of a key political anniversary, but while Seoul welcomed Joo’s release, it also urged Pyongyang to repatriate three other South Korean citizens being held in the North.

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