It was confirmed by the United Nations. It happened during a tourist visit to the border area. Steps were taken to resolve the incident.
The United Nations command said on Tuesday that a US citizen crossed the border from South Korea to neighboring North Korea.
The agency, which oversees security on the Korean peninsula, tweeted that the citizen was participating in a visit to a Korean border village and crossed north without authorization.
This in North Korean custodythe UN added, noting that the command is working with its counterparts in the secretive nation to resolve the incident.
“A US citizen crossed the Military Demarcation Line (MDL) into the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea’s official name) without authorization during an orientation tour,” the UN Command said in a brief statement. On twitter.
“We believe that he is currently in DPRK custody and we are working with our Korean People’s Army (KPA) counterparts to resolve this incident,” the text added.
The UN Command is in charge of the southern fringe of the Joint Security Zone (JSA), the only point in the heart of the border where expensive troops from the two Koreas are visible, technically still at war.
The statement does not clarify whether the US citizen was a tourist (the JSA can be visited this way or a military).
The JSA has been the scene of defections in the past, although they have almost always involved people trying to cross into South Korea.
In 2017, a North Korean soldier led a spectacular escape in which his companions hit him with several shots, although he survived.
In 1984 a student from the now non-existent Soviet Union crossed into the South during a tourist visit, which led to a tragic exchange of fire between troops that ended with the deaths of three North Korean soldiers, one South Korean and one from the UN Command.
With information from agencies