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South Korea: Man who crossed into North Korea presumed to be North Korean defector, Seoul officials say

In an announcement Monday, the Defense Ministry stated based mostly on CCTV footage they presumed the person who made the uncommon crossing to the North on Sunday had first entered the South in November 2020. Relevant authorities had been nonetheless verifying the info, the ministry added.

The man was noticed on the jap entrance of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) at round 9:20 p.m. native time on Saturday, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) stated. The man was detected by the navy with the usage of a thermal commentary system.

The JCS stated troops had been dispatched however they had been unable to discover the person, who crossed the Military Demarcation Line into North Korea at round 10:40 p.m.

A navy official stated safety cameras had earlier captured the person climbing a barbed wire fence at round 6:40 p.m. Saturday, however the guard on CCTV obligation had missed it. The official stated it’s unknown whether or not the person was nonetheless alive.

“We sent a notice to North Korea to protect our people yesterday and there has been no response from North Korea,” South Korea’s Defense Ministry spokesman Boo Seung-chan stated Monday.

There had been “no unusual movements of the North Korean military” in relation to Sunday’s incident, he added.

North Korean state media didn’t report on any crossings over the DMZ in a single day.

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