This June 14, 2019 file photo shows the Republic of Korea's army soldiers patrolling the DMZ Peace Trail in the Demilitarized Zone in Goseong, ROK. (AHN YOUNG-JOON / AP)
SEOUL - The Republic of Korea ’s military said on Tuesday it had captured a Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) man who crossed the heavily fortified border and was investigating whether he tried to defect.
The man was found about 4:20 am (1920 GMT Monday) near a checkpoint on the eastern end of the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), and was taken into custody after a three-hour search, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.
The man was found about 4:20 am (1920 GMT Monday) near a checkpoint on the eastern end of the Demilitarised Zone, and was taken into custody after a three-hour search, the ROK Joint Chiefs of Staff said
“He is presumed to be a North Korean and we’re conducting an investigation into details, including how he had come down and whether he wished to defect,” the JCS said in a statement. The DPRK is also referred to as North Korea.
There was no unusual movement across the border but the military is reviewing its security posture in the region, it added.
In July, DPRK leader Kim Jong-un declared an emergency and sealed off a border town after a person with COVID-19 symptoms illegally crossed the border into the DPRK from the ROK.
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