Nov. 9 (UPI) — South Korea’s navy says it continues to research the circumstances that led to a latest North Korean man’s defection throughout the demilitarized zone.

Seoul’s joint chiefs of workers has dispatched a tactical drill inspection crew to the world of the border to research the incident, together with the “operational scenario” of the military final week, Information 1 reported.

On Wednesday, the South stated a North Korean man who recognized himself as a civilian defected to the South, after trespassing over a barbed-wire fence. Alarms weren’t triggered and the defector was not promptly taken into custody, indicating a doable lapse in surveillance, in line with native press reviews.

Kim Jun-rak, spokesman for the South’s joint chiefs of workers, stated the general scenario is underneath investigation, however didn’t present particulars.

“We’re wanting into the entire [situation],” Kim stated.

The defector “jumped” a barbed-wire fence at a Normal Out Submit within the DMZ about 7:25 p.m. on Tuesday, in line with Information 1. About 14 hours later, on Wednesday, the person was roaming an space lower than 1 mile from the fence on the South’s aspect, with out being apprehended.

There are greater than 33,000 defectors in South Korea. North Korea has been cracking down on individuals leaving with out state permission.

South Korean information service Every day NK reported Monday authorities within the North have been ordered to make “secret” arrests of defectors outdoors North Korea.

Defectors and their brokers are the goal of arrests by Pyongyang’s Ministry of State Safety, a Every day NK supply in North Hamgyong Province stated. The targets had been described within the report as “fugitives” and the “brokers who assist them.”

Recipients of the order embrace North Korean state safety brokers working in China and Russia, the report says.