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Gymnast flees North Korea by jumping border fence

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A North Korean gymnast has fled into South Korea by jumping heavily armed three-metre high border barricades, Seoul officials have revealed.

A North Korean gymnast has fled into South Korea by jumping heavily armed three-metre high border barricades, Seoul officials have revealed.

The man, aged in his late 20s, was first spotted crossing barbed wire fences at around 7.30pm on November 3.

He evaded capture for 14 hours before surrendering to South Korea's military less than two kilometres from the border on November 4, according to The Korea Herald.

He told the soldiers he was a civilian seeking to defect to South Korea.

Officials astounded at the man's feat asked him to twice demonstrate how he achieve the leap across the border fence.

Authorities suspect his light body weight and gymnastics experience could have aided the escape.

The South Korean military said that the fences looked pressed down, but they did not appear to have been modified or cut.

The four-kilometre-wide, 250-kilometre-long Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) is fortified by fences, minefields and armed sentry posts.

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.

Investigations into why sensors on the fences didn't trigger an alarm continue.

More than 33,000 North Koreans have defected since the 1990s, but most escape through China rather than attempt the dangerous crossing.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/world/north-korea-defector-gymnast-jumped-south-korea-border-fence/cf1e8d3c-a609-48aa-a2cf-5af73105c95b

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