In this Oct. 12, 2017 photograph, North Korean troopers march throughout a go to by Australian officers to the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea. (Ahn Young-Joon/AP)
TOKYO — The Demilitarized Zone separating the 2 Koreas noticed an uncommon quantity of motion Monday, with an American man unsuccessfully trying to cross into the North and a North Korean soldier efficiently defecting to the South.
The 2.5-mile-wide strip between North and South Korea, which President Bill Clinton as soon as referred to as “the scariest place on earth,” has stored the 2 states separate for the reason that Korean War resulted in an armistice relatively than a truce in 1953.
But a handful of North Koreans have made it throughout lately, and several other Americans have been thwarted attempting to make the other journey.
A 58-year-old man from Louisiana was arrested Monday morning for crossing the Civilian Control Line, simply exterior the DMZ, as a part of an try and get into North Korea “for political purposes”, South Korean authorities mentioned.
A resident of the border county of Yeoncheon, 40 miles north of Seoul, noticed the person and alerted police, the Yonhap News Agency reported.
The man, recognized solely as “A,” had arrived in South Korea solely three days earlier.
The American Embbady in Seoul was conscious of the report and was wanting into it, an official mentioned. “If it is determined that a U.S. citizen has been detained, the U.S. Embbady will provide appropriate consular services,” he mentioned.
In a separate incident, a North Korean soldier manning a guard publish on northern facet of the Joint Security Area — the realm with the blue huts straddling the DMZ, the place inter-Korean conferences are typically held — defected to the South.
He was shot by North Korean troopers whereas he was escaping throughout the road, and is now being handled in hospital, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff mentioned.
“The military has raised its alertness against the North Korean military’s possible provocations and is maintaining its full readiness posture,” a army official mentioned, in line with Yonhap.
President Trump tried to go to the DMZ final week whereas visiting South Korea however his helicopter needed to flip again due to unhealthy climate.
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