A U.S. national has been detained in North Korea after crossing the heavily fortified border from South Korea, the United Nations Command said on Tuesday, prompting efforts to resolve the issue and potentially inflaming already tense diplomatic relations in the region.
The UN Command, the multinational military organization that operates the demilitarized zone and joint security area separating North Korea from South Korea, said a U.S. national is believed to be in North Korean custody after crossing the border without approval.
The organization said the American citizen was on an “orientation tour” of the border village separating the two countries when he crossed the border into the North.
The statement offered no further details on the person or reasons why they may have crossed the border.
UN Command said it is working with its counterparts in the North Korean military to “resolve this incident.”