Louisiana Man Arrested in South Korea After Allegedly Trying to Defect to North Korea

If this guy really wanted to defect he would have flown to China and walked across the border there where it is much easier than trying to cross the DMZ.  I think it is more likely that this is just some confused or mentally challenged old guy or someone looking for attention:

South Korean police have arrested a U.S. citizen who allegedly entered a restricted border area near North Korea without permission.

A 58-year-old man from Louisiana identified only as “A” was detained Monday after crossing the Civilian Control Line near the heavily fortified frontier, according to South Korea’s defense ministry.

People must have a permit to enter the area, which is just south of the Demilitarized Zone, a 2.2-mile wide, 150-mile-long no man’s land that divides the peninsula. It’s also the site of several tourist attractions.

Military officials initially said they believed the man traveled to South Korea planning to enter the North for political purposes. But investigators, who have turned the case over to local police, later said they had determined he had no communist connections.  [Stars & Stripes]

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I am a US military veteran that has served all over the world to include in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Korea. I have been blogging about Korea, Northeast Asia, and the US military for over 10 years.


  1. Just for grins, what would happen if someone sprinted over the line at the Blue Buildings? There’s no wall or even a picket fence to hop. Just gravel, a 4 inch cement curb, and then dirt. True, there are three guards on “our” side, but let’s say a group of school kids decided that this would be an “Epic!” moment on Facebook. Sure to get hundreds of Likes. And Likes are the new currency, almost as good as Bit Coins.

    So a half-dozen kids suddenly break for the border. The JSA guards nab 1-2 apiece, leaving 2-4 crossing over to the Dark Side.

    Then what? Would the North Korean soldiers shoot at them? Fall down laughing? Scream in terror and run away?

    Has it ever happened?

  2. Given that the norks killed two Americans with axes for trying to cut a branch off a pine tree, I’d say the kids would be fortunate not to end up like Otto…

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