US citizen captured by North Korea after crossing the border

The person entered North Korea without permission, according to UN Command, but is now believed to be in prison.

According to the United Nations Command, a US person has likely been apprehended in North Korea after illegally crossing the border between the two Koreas.

The individual was taking part in a tour of the Joint Security Area (JSA), a border town in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between South Korea and North Korea where soldiers from both sides keep watch.

The UN Command, which has assisted in maintaining the DMZ since an armistice halted hostilities in the 1950–1953 Korean War, said on Tuesday that “a U.S.

National entered the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) illegally while on a JSA orientation visit across the Military Demarcation Line.

DPRK is used as the official abbreviation for North Korea.

The UN Command said, referring to the North Korean People’s Army, “We think he is now in DPRK custody and are working with our KPA counterparts to address this matter.

No other information about the individual or their reasons for crossing the border was provided.

The US Department of State and the South Korean Ministry of Defense made no quick comments.

The State Department has issued a travel advisory for Americans warning them against visiting North Korea “due to the continuing serious risk of arrest and long-term detention of U.S. nationals.”

Otto Warmbier, a US college student, was imprisoned by North Korean authorities in 2015 while on a tour of the nation; this led to the implementation of the ban. He passed away in 2017 just days after being freed from jail and brought back to the country while still in a coma.

Rarely do US citizens or South Koreans desert to North Korea, but since the end of the Korean War, more than 30,000 North Koreans have defected to South Korea to escape political repression and economic hardship.

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