#AceWorldNews – SOUTH KOREA (Seoul) – September 17- South Korean border guards arrested an American man who they believe was attempting to swim across a river to rival North Korea, a South Korean defence official said Wednesday.
The man was apprehended Tuesday night while lying on a bank of the Han River in a restricted military area near the border, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to office policy.
The man told investigators that he tried to go to North Korea to meet leader Kim Jong Un, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported, citing an unidentified government source. It said the man, aged around 29, is a computer repairman from Texas who came to South Korea 10 days ago.
South Korea’s Defence Ministry and the National Intelligence Service said they couldn’t confirm the report.
Americans are occasionally arrested after entering North Korea illegally from China, but a U.S. citizen trying to get in from South Korea is unusual.