SEOUL, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said Thursday that it will return six South Korean nationals who have been detained in Pyongyang for unlawfully entering the country back to Seoul through the truce village of Panmunjom on Friday afternoon.
Seoul's Unification Ministry said in a press release that the DPRK sent such notice in the name of its National Red Cross chairman.
According to the press release, the DPRK's Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) said on Feb. 26, 2010 that four South Korean people were detained in the country and questioned for illegally entering Pyongyang.
South Korea requested the DPRK to verify the identification of those detained at that time, but Pyongyang refused to respond to it, the ministry said.
The ministry also said that while the DPRK actions to release those detained come too late, Seoul welcomed such a move.
The ministry said it will look into the process of their entrance to the DPRK after those detained return to Seoul on Friday.
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