American detained trying to enter North Korea, while North Korean soldier escapes south

Source: Washington Post

“The Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas saw an unusual amount of action Monday, with an American man unsuccessfully attempting to cross into the North and a North Korean soldier successfully defecting to the South. … A 58-year-old man from Louisiana was arrested by South Korean forces Monday morning for crossing the Civilian Control Line, just outside the DMZ, as part of an attempt to get into North Korea ‘for political purposes,’ authorities said. … In a separate incident, a North Korean soldier manning a guard post on the northern side of the Joint Security Area — the area with the blue huts straddling the DMZ, where inter-Korean meetings are sometimes held — defected to the South. He was shot by North Korean soldiers while he was escaping across the line and is now being treated in a hospital, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said.” (11/13/17)

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  • Of all the crossing points the American chose the one point where he was least likely to make it to North Korea.