Seoul Believes Fugitive From South Was Once Defector From North Korea
10:58 GMT 03.01.2022 (Updated: 13:36 GMT 18.09.2023)
© AP Photo / Lee Jin-manA map of two Koreas showing the Demilitarized Zone with North Korea's capital Pyongyang and South Korea's capital Seoul is seen at the Imjingak Pavilion in Paju, South Korea, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020
© AP Photo / Lee Jin-man
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A person who fled to North Korea from the South is presumed to be a North Korean who had previously crossed the border and entered the South, the country's Defence Ministry said to the media on Monday.
The person in question was spotted crossing the barriers to the North on Saturday night. His identity was not disclosed.
“Regarding the border crossing, the authorities presume the person is a North Korean defector and are in the process of verifying related facts," the ministry was quoted as saying in a statement to the Yonhap news agency on Monday.
The defector is reportedly believed to be a man who climbed over fencing in the same area of the common border and entered South Korea in November 2020.
2 January 2022, 03:14 GMT
On Sunday, South Korea sent a message to the North at the border crossing by a military communication line.
The incident led to concerns in Seoul, which pledged to tighten border security in late 2020 in an attempt to prevent illegal crossings, according to the agency.