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Post : North Korean’s Border Crossing Raises Questions About Security
URL : https://middle-east.timesofnews.com/breaking-news/north-koreans-border-crossing-raises-questions-about-security.html
Posted : February 23, 2021 at 10:30 pm
Author : Times of News
Tags : Breaking News
Categories : Breaking News

SEOUL—A North Korean defector swam south across the border, slipped through a drainage conduit, popped up on military cameras eight times and strolled down a barricaded road. Alarms blared twice.

This all transpired last week before the man was detected on camera by South Korea’s military, triggering an hourslong manhunt.

The six-hour saga after the man crossed one of the world’s most fortified borders—the Korean demilitarized zone—was detailed in a briefing Tuesday for local media by Seoul’s military.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, which has conducted a probe into the border breach, declined to comment to The Wall Street Journal.

The incident ignited criticism by South Korean lawmakers and military experts over how well the country’s soldiers are monitoring a border that is about 150 miles long and more than 2 miles wide.

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