북한주민 2명이 15 소형 선박을 타고 귀순했다고 한국 관리들이 밝혔습니다. 한국 정보당국은   소형 선박에  타고 있던 남자 1명과 여자 1명등 두명의 북한 주민이 서해상에서 발견됐다고 말했습니다.

한국  국정원의 관리는   이들이 귀순 표시해왔으며,  당국이  신병을 인수해  조사를 벌이게 것이라고 말했습니다.

한국 언론들은  현재 이들에 대한 조사가 진행중이라고 보도하고 있습니다.

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South Korean officials say two North Koreans defected to the South by boat early today (Sunday).

Intelligence authorities said a man and a woman were found sailing across the western sea border in South Korean waters.

An official with the National Intelligence Service, South Korea's top spy agency, told reporters the two had expressed their intention to defect to South Korea and would be questioned later in the day.

Officials would not comment further.

More than 12 thousand North Koreans have defected to the South since the end of the Korean War in 1953. North Koreans have suffered from chronic food shortages, and reports indicate that the possibility of a famine this year is increasing.

The two Koreas are divided by the world's most heavily-armed border.