North Korean Former Gymnast Fled To South Korea By Jumping Fence

The unnamed man defected to the South on Nov. 3, avoiding capture for 14 hours. He is seeking asylum in South Korea.

11/25/2020 6:48:00 PM

A North Korean man who says he's a former gymnast defected to South Korea this month by reportedly jumping a nearly 10-foot fence along the DMZ. South Korean officials are investigating — and had him jump twice in their presence to prove he was capable.

The unnamed man defected to the South on Nov. 3, avoiding capture for 14 hours. He is seeking asylum in South Korea.

ED JONES/AFP via Getty Imageshide captiontoggle captionED JONES/AFP via Getty ImagesA North Korean man defected to South Korea by hopping a fence along the Demilitarized Zone separating the two countries.ED JONES/AFP via Getty ImagesA North Korean man seeking to escape his homeland took a nearly 10-foot leap of faith earlier this month. The jump, which occurred under — or more accurately

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over --the noses of soldiers, brought him to safety in South Korea, where he told troops he wanted to defect.It's no surprise that the man claims he is a former gymnast.The unnamed man, who is described as being in his late 20s, crossed into South Korea through the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) at around 7 p.m. Nov. 3, evading capture for 14 hours. He was found by South Korean soldiers at around 10 a.m. the next day less than a mile away from the border,

according toThe Korean Heraldand Yonhap News Agency.South Korean officials questioned the man's story, as well as his motives for crossing the border. To prove he was capable of hopping the fence, officials had him jump twice in their presence, according to headtopics.com

.The man is still under investigation by South Korean officials, the newspaper said.If the man's story is accurate, it's all the more remarkable because he managed to avoid detection by North Korean troops, evade landmines that litter the DMZ, and not trigger sensors on the surrounding fences.

Authorities believe his light weight and gymnastics experience lend credibility to his story and likely aided in his escape. The military previously said the fences the man crossed appeared pressed down, but had no evidence of being cut or otherwise modified, the newspaper said.

The man's escape has prompted criticism of South Korea's military and security systems around the DMZ and why it took so long for troops to locate him."We will look into why the sensors did not ring and make sure they operate properly," an official for the Joint Chiefs of Staff for Korea told Yonhap.

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Gymkata 2 Did he use a pole to vault over the fence? Good for him!!! 🥰🥰🥰🥰 This is insanely funny that they had him redo the deed. Interesting they made him jump to see if he was lying.. I guess North Korea has sent double agents as defectors before. I can't understand why.. Get this man to the 2021 Olympics

The second time he scored a 9.8 and was allowed into the country *SK officials see him jump not once but twice* SK Officials: 'God DAMN' “If the man's story is accurate, it's all the more remarkable because he managed to avoid detection by North Korean troops, evade landmines that litter the DMZ and not trigger sensors on the surrounding fences.” Sounded like a sleeper cell sent by NK

This guy’s entire life was an elaborate escape plan That's impressive, but wouldn't doing a 'flop' over a fence lead to a pretty rough 'bump' when he landed? Reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where George was trying to sell the vertical lift training shoes by jumping. Twice, if you jump a ten foot fence in front of me, I’m in.

Does he get to stay in South Korea now for jumping that high like does he get a pass? I hope so! Really? I thought this was a story from The Babylon Bee. I bet he could also climb the trump wall of shame we have here . 95% only bad news( At least 48-49% of Americans would S. Korea should send him back. He was better off in North Korea.

'Thanks for coming, we know N Korea is a scary place. Could you show us that jump one more time?'