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SEOUL – A North Korean defector swam south across the border, slipped into a drainage pipe, passed military cameras eight times, and wandered down a barricaded road. The alarms sounded twice.

All of this happened last week before the man was detected on camera by the South Korean military, triggering an hour-long manhunt.

The six-hour saga after the man crossed one of the world’s most fortified borders – the Korean Demilitarized Zone – was detailed in a briefing Tuesday to local media by the Seoul military.

South Korea’s chiefs of staff, who investigated the border breach, declined to comment to the Wall Street Journal.

The incident drew criticism from South Korean lawmakers and military experts over how the country’s soldiers guard a border that is roughly 150 miles long and over 2 miles wide.



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