SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s army stated Sunday that an unidentified individual crossed the closely fortified border into North Korea.
South Korea had earlier noticed the individual with surveillance tools on the jap portion of the border and despatched troops to seize her or him on Saturday evening. However the troops failed to seek out the individual and the surveillance tools detected the individual crossing over the border, Joint Chiefs of Workers officers stated.
South Korea despatched a message to North Korea on Sunday morning to make sure the security of the individual, however the North hasn’t responded, the officers stated requesting anonymity citing division guidelines.
It was unclear if this was a uncommon case of a South Korean hoping to defect to the North, or it might be a North Korean who briefly entered the South Korean territory for some motive earlier than returning to the North.
In September 2020, North Korea fatally shot a South Korean fisheries official discovered floating in its waters alongside a poorly marked sea boundary. South Korea stated that North Korea troops had been beneath orders to shoot anybody illegally crossing the border to guard towards the coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier in 2020, North Korean chief Kim Jong Un positioned a border metropolis beneath complete lockdown after a North Korean defector with COVID-19-like signs sneaked again residence. The destiny of that defector, who had lived in South Korea, will not be recognized.
On Saturday, North Korea introduced it had determined to position high precedence on strict virus restrictions at a high-profile ruling occasion assembly final week.
The 2 Koreas are break up alongside the world’s most closely armed border, known as the Demilitarized Zone. An estimated 2 million mines are peppered inside and close to the 155-mile-long, 2.5-mile-wide DMZ, which can also be guarded by barbed wire fences, tank traps and fight troops on each side.
Defecting through the DMZ is uncommon. On the peak of their Chilly Warfare rivalry, each Koreas despatched brokers and spies to one another’s territory by way of the DMZ, however no such incidents have been reported in recent times.
About 34,000 North Koreans have defected to South Korea for the reason that late Nineties to keep away from poverty or political oppression, however a overwhelming majority of them have come through China and Southeast Asian international locations.
North Korea has but to report any circumstances of the coronavirus whereas specialists have questioned its declare of an ideal report.