January 17, 2022

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Person abducted from South Korea to North Korea

The man was found by surveillance equipment in an unarmed zone separating the two states on the Korean Peninsula. Crossing in this direction is unusual.

The South Korean military said on Sunday that an unidentified man had entered North Korea via land from the south on New Year’s Day, a very rare crossing of the highly-fortified border that separates the two countries since 1953.

The man was found by surveillance equipment on Saturday.Unarmed area(DMZ) divides the Korean Peninsula at 9:20 pm local time, South Korea’s Joint Leaders Group has said. “It has been confirmed that the person has crossed the northern military border lineยป, Adds a message.

A group official said the man had not yet been identified and that South Korean authorities had sent a message to North Korean officials about the incident. The military’s search and rescue operation was in vain.

The report further stated that no extraordinary action was taken on the part of the North Korean military.

Area full of tunnels and barbed wire

In the decades following the Korean War (1950-1953), oppression and poverty in North Korea led to more than 30,000 people fleeing to the south, but it is very rare to cross in any other direction.

In 2020, Pyongyang said North Korean troops shot and burned the body of a South Korean fisheries officer who had crossed the maritime border illegally.

The majority of North Koreans are first fleeing, usually heading to China via another country before heading south. Only a handful have dared to cross the DMZ, which is riddled with landmines and barricades and has a large military presence on both sides.

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