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Seoul: North Korea to release detained South Korean student from New York University

In this photo provided by the South Korean Unification Ministry, South Korean Won Moon Joo, center, who has a permanent resident status in the United States, is escorted by a South Korean official at the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. North Korea freed a South Korean national who'd been attending New York University before his detention, Seoul officials said Monday, in a possible sign Pyongyang wants better ties with rival Seoul and may back away from a recent threat to launch a long-range rocket later this month. (The South Korean Unification Ministry via AP)

In this photo provided by the South Korean Unification Ministry, South Korean Won Moon Joo, center, who has a permanent resident status in the United States, is escorted by a South Korean official at the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. North Korea freed a South Korean national who'd been attending New York University before his detention, Seoul officials said Monday, in a possible sign Pyongyang wants better ties with rival Seoul and may back away from a recent threat to launch a long-range rocket later this month. (The South Korean Unification Ministry via AP)  (The Associated Press)

South Korea says North Korea will release a detained South Korean student from New York University.

Won Moon Joo, 21, who has permanent resident status in the United States, was arrested in April for allegedly entering North Korea illegally across the Chinese border.

Seoul's Unification Ministry says North Korea has told South Korea it that it will repatriate Joo through the border village of Panmunjom on Monday.