Defectors in Beijing embassy moved

Kyodo

Twenty-nine people believed to be defectors from North Korea have been moved to the main compound of the Japanese Embassy in Beijing as Japanese authorities worked to determine their identities, an embassy official said Sunday.

The 11 men, 15 women and three children forced their way into the Japanese school in Beijing last week to seek asylum outside China. The children are aged from 5 to 14.

Japanese officials transferred them on Saturday night to a conference room in the main embassy compound that officials said is larger than their initial shelter in the embassy’s visa section.

The official said interviews aimed at confirming their identities were continuing.

The 29 broke into the school premises Wednesday through a hole cut in a wire fence surrounding the compound.