A person who escaped South Korea is probably going a returnee who defected in November, Seoul revealed
A person who crossed the inter-Korean border on Saturday has been recognized as a North Korean returning dwelling. No proof of espionage has been discovered.
South Korea’s navy reported that on January 1, an individual managed to cross border fences and race his approach by means of the Demilitarized Zone earlier than reaching North Korean territory.
In keeping with a protection ministry official, the person in his 30s seemed acquainted. He’s considered the particular person seen in November 2020 surveillance footage coming into South Korea utilizing the identical route.
“Within the footage, the person was acknowledged to be the identical because the defector so we are able to name him the identical particular person,” the official advised the media on situation of anonymity.
Upon arriving in South Korea, the person advised intelligence officers in Seoul that he was a gymnast in North Korea and demonstrated his leaping expertise, in response to the information stories.
Seoul notified Pyongyang about each incidents and acquired affirmation that the messages had been acquired. “However there was no reply about our request for the safety of the particular person,” the official stated.
In keeping with the Yonhap information company, whereas in South Korea, the suspected defector labored as a cleaner. There was no indication of any spying exercise from his aspect.
The Saturday incident got here nearly eight months after South Korea’s navy pledged to fortify the safety of its borders by putting in synthetic intelligence surveillance cameras to switch outdated tools and enhance the world’s monitoring system.
Regardless of these efforts, the defector’s escape went unnoticed by the navy for a number of hours, and, even after he was detected, troopers did not find him earlier than he crossed the border.
As of the tip of 2020, 33,752 North Korean defectors have fled to South Korea.
Most of them escaped by way of China, because the inter-Korean border’s Demilitarized Zone is extremely harmful to cross due to landmines and a excessive stage of safety.
The variety of South Koreans who’ve defected to the North is considerably smaller.
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