South Korea: Unidentified person crosses heavily militarized border into North Korea

Relevant authorities are still verifying the facts, the statement added.

The person was spotted on the eastern front of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) at 9:20 a.m. local time on Saturday, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said. The person was discovered by the army using a thermal observation device.

The JCS said troops were dispatched but could not find the person crossing the Military Demarcation Line in North Korea around 10.40pm

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A military official said security cameras had previously captured the person who climbed a barbed wire fence at 6.40pm on Saturday, but the guard on CCTV duty had missed it.

The official said they are currently working to identify the person and that it is unknown if the person is still alive.

“We sent a statement to North Korea yesterday to protect our people and there has been no response from North Korea,” Boo Seung-chan, spokesman for the South Korean Ministry of Defense, said on Monday.

There were “no unusual movements of the North Korean army” in connection with Sunday’s incident, he added.

North Korean state media did not report overnight on crossings over the DMZ.

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