A U.S. soldier has been detained by North Korea after crossing into the country from the south during a tour of the demilitarized zone separating the countries, three U.S. officials familiar with the situation told NBC News on Tuesday.
Earlier, the American-led U.N. Command said a U.S. national on an orientation tour had “crossed, without authorization, the Military Demarcation Line into the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.”
Additionally, Tours of the area have been ongoing since the 1960s and are organized by private companies, while the U.N. has held its own tours for its staff.
The area is just 30 miles north of Seoul, the South Korean capital, and has huge historic importance as the place where the armistice to end the Korean War was signed in 1953.
The news comes as the USS Kentucky, a nuclear-powered submarine, arrived at the Busan naval base in South Korea on Tuesday.
“This port visit to Busan reflects the United States’ ironclad commitment to the Republic of Korea for our extended deterrence guarantee,” U.S. Forces Korea said in a statement.
“We believe he is currently in DPRK custody and are working with our KPA counterparts to resolve this incident,” it said in a tweet, referring to North Korea by its full name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and its military force, the Korean People’s Army.
In conclusion, North Korea tests a new ICBM, state media says.
The unnamed person was on a tour of the joint security area, part of the demilitarized zone between the two countries, according to the United Nations.
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