A man escaped from North Korea to South Korea in an unusual way. He crossed the sea border between the two countries in a diving suit, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported, citing the country’s Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The fugitive was spotted by surveillance cameras in the border town of Goseong, but it took three hours to catch him. The man was reportedly able to climb through a drainage tunnel, thereby bypassing the wire fences along the coast. The military acknowledged that the tunnel was not equipped with special protection against infiltration.
It is clarified that the man is between 20 and 30 years old. He claimed to be a civilian and had escaped from North Korea, but proceedings continue. The military is conducting a check, after which security measures at the border will be stepped up.
The day before it became known that North Korea had toughened the maximum penalty for importing and distributing South Korean video materials. It can now face the death penalty. The maximum prison term for watching South Korean videos was also increased from 5 to 15 years. It was noted that the purpose of the corresponding law was apparently to completely stop the penetration of “anti-socialist” propaganda into North Korea.