SEOUL, South Korea – A North Korean man wearing a wet suit and flippers crossed the eastern maritime border with South Korea this week, military officials said on Wednesday. The soldiers of the south failed to locate him until he was walking on a road south of the heavily guarded border.
The crossing constituted a second embarrassing violation of border security of the South Korean military in recent months. In November, another North Korean man, a former gymnast, crawled over the border fence and was not captured until he was half a mile south of the border. The military later said that the sensors were about to trigger an alarm alerting South Korean guards because it Loose Bolt.
South Korea’s military said the north intruder’s orgy from across the border on Tuesday broke off from the 2.5-mile-wide demilitarized zone, or no-man buffer buffer zone south of the DMZ. A statement on Wednesday.
Officers were investigating the man’s motive for crossing the border, and said he could be a keeper from the north. He came crawling through a drain under a barbed wire fence that South Korea had erected along the border beaches to deter North Korean intruders.
A close-circuit television camera at the military outpost first caught him walking south at 4:20 a.m. Tuesday, but it was not until three hours later that the soldiers captured him for questioning. When he was captured, the man was in the so-called civilian-control area south of the DMZ, where no civilians are allowed to travel without military permission.
“Our military did not take appropriate action, although the man was detected in its surveillance system several times since he arrived at the shelter,” the military said.
When any of the north crosses the land border indefinitely, it raises questions about national security in South Korea. The two Koreas have been technically at war since the 1950–53 Korean conflict was halted in a ceasefire.
The Korean demilitarized zone is one of the world’s heaviest armed front, guarded by long barbed wire fences, quarries, censors and nearly two million soldiers on both sides.
Defects in DMZ are relatively rare and dangerous. In November 2017, a North Korean soldier dashed through a Gunfire Fired by his fellow soldiers to enter the south through Panmunjom, the so-called Truss village that spans the border.
More than 33,000 people of North Korea have protected South Korea since the devastating famine that struck the country in the 1990s. But most have done so through China, which borders the north, eventually making its way to the South Korean embassy in another country.