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The man in his 20s was rescued on Gyodong Island near the Yellow Sea border at around 1 a.m. local time (1700GMT), local news agency Yonhap reported, citing the JCS.

As is customary, the man is being questioned to find out why he chose to enter South Korea, which offers refuge to defectors from the North subject to a period of acclimatization.

In early June, the unification ministry said that authorities had rescued four North Korean sailors on June 2 and 3 off the east coast.

The man, noted to be in his 30s, was rescued Sunday near Daecheongdo, one of South Korea's frontline islands along the Northern Limit Line, the ministry detailed.

The repatriated North Korean fisherman was swept away from Mongkumpo in South Hwanghae Province, while he was trawling for shellfish, according to Seoul. South Korean officials noted the North "did not show any special reaction".

The Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, arrives in Seoul today for talks with his South Korean counterparts on ways to better deal with threats from North Korea.

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Indeed, Philippine Foreign Minister Alan Peter Cayetano said in apparent response , "We appreciate not being told what to do". Geng said, "China has the firm determination to safeguard its territorial sovereignty and maritime interests".

After an interrogation, the South Korean government concluded the North Korean national wanted to return to North Korea.

The defection comes more than a month after a flurry of North Korea military desertions.

"Our military located the detector and are in the process of investigating the motive and process of the defection and so on", the JCS said in a written statement.

On June 18, a North Korean man crossed a narrow stretch of river west of Seoul and defected to the South through the estuary area of the Han River in north Gimpo Peninsula at 0230 KST.

At least one of the soldiers defected after hearing South Korean loudspeaker broadcasts at the border.

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