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A U.S. man has been detained in North Korea after crossing the border with out authorization, in keeping with the United Nations physique that oversees the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea.
The U.S. nationwide was on an “orientation tour” of the Joint Safety Space, a border village between the 2 Koreas, the U.N. Command wrote in a tweet early Tuesday.
“We consider he’s at present in DPRK custody and are working with our KPA counterparts to resolve this incident,” the physique mentioned, referring to North Korea by its formal title, the Democratic Individuals’s Republic of Korea, and its military.
The U.S. State Division didn’t instantly reply to NPR’s request for remark.
The DMZ divides the 2 Koreas, roughly across the 38th parallel, and is the de facto worldwide border. It’s closely fortified and mined on either side.
There have been quite a few incidents on the DMZ for the reason that early Fifties, and North Korean defectors sometimes handle to slide throughout the DMZ into South Korea.
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NPR’s Se Eun Gong contributed reporting from Seoul.