Security officials believe that the man who sneaked into the DMZ (demilitarized zone) “re-defection” to North Korea on New Year’s Day is the same person who sneaked into South Korea in 2020.
South Korea’s Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Monday that security surveillance officers reportedly captured an unidentified man crawling over a barbed wire fence in the southern border on Saturday and entered North Korean territory on Saturday. Associated Press Report.
The man was reported missing for the first time on December 30. The South Korean military said he was in his early 30s. CBS Report. According to reports, he worked as a cleaner in South Korea after defecting in November 2020.
Although the exact identity of the defector is still unknown, officials said his description matches that of a defector. Former gymnast He crossed the fence and entered South Korea in November 2020. Although South Korean soldiers conducted a search for several hours on Saturday, the defector managed to escape detection. British Broadcasting Corporation Report.
A ministry official said that four people were detected by thermal observation equipment. Probably three of these four are North Korean soldiers who intend to capture defectors. South Korea’s Ministry of Defense stated that although North Korea has confirmed its request for information on the identity of the defector through the military communications hotline, North Korea has failed to elaborate on the man’s situation.
South Korean media stated that the man had “Economic difficulties” He has not been able to adapt to his new life in Korea. The South Korean Ministry of Defense has not confirmed these claims, but has stated that the man is not “Engaging in espionage or other suspicious activities.” The ministry also did not mention the underlying reason for the man’s return to North Korea.
However, it is well documented that many defectors are trying to adjust to life in South Korea.South Korean Congressman Ji Sung-ho, who also defected from North Korea, wrote an article about Facebook post Starting from Monday, it is claimed that 56% of defectors are from low-income groups, and 25% are recipients of basic living security.
The Nowon District police in Seoul feared that he would offer to protect and take care of him after he defected again in June 2021. Due to lack of specific evidence, the police did not take further action. Yonhap News Agency news agency.
A cross-border affairs official said that the re- defectors also received personal safety, housing, medical care and employment.
Neighbors in South Korea said that the man did not interact with them much and saw him throwing his belongings into the trash can the day before he crossed the border.
“He took the mattress and bedding out of the garbage dump that morning. It was strange because they were so new.” A neighbor told Yonhap News Agency. “I thought about asking him to give it to us, but in the end I didn’t do it because we never greeted each other.”
The recent incident has reignited criticism of the South Korean military’s security level in the DMZ, which has a border of 248 kilometers (155 miles) long and 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) wide.
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