N. Korea military bolsters patrols along coasts to deter defections to South

A North Korean wooden ship sails to the North in the sea off South Korea's Yeonpyeong Island on March 27.

SEOUL — North Korea has bolstered coastal surveillance as its citizens seek sea routes to South Korea following tightened controls over the land borders with China, a military source here said.

The North’s navy has stepped up patrols along the coast to deter people from fleeing the famine-hit nation to defect to the South. “The North’s navy has recently increased patrols along the coast and inspected civilian boats,” the source said.

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