By Oisin Sweeney • 26 November 2020 • 10:30
A NORTH KOREAN gymnast reportedly escaped the dystopian state by vaulting a 10 ft fence along the border with South Korea.
An investigation is underway from South Korean authorities as to how the man, unnamed and aged in his late 20s, made the daring escape across one of the planet’s most secure borders. He evaded patrols and censors and managed to successfully navigate the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), which is 2.5 km wide and packed with landmines.
South Korean officials first noticed him on surveillance footage bravely climbing a tall barbed-wire fence, and deployed several patrol units to hunt down what they feared could be a hostile agent. They apprehended the man one mile into South Korea, where the North Korean gymnast told them he was a defector from Kim Jong-un’s dictatorship.
Authorities reportedly forced him to demonstrate his gymnastic abilities to them to verify his outlandish escape story. Locked off from the rest of the world since Korea was divided, an estimated 32,000 people have made the risky journey across the border from the North since 1948.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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