S. Korea detains American trying to swim to N. Korea

South Korean soldiers have detained a US citizen who was trying to swim across the river border into rival North Korea, the South`s defence ministry said Wednesday.

Seoul: South Korean soldiers have detained a US citizen who was trying to swim across the river border into rival North Korea, the South`s defence ministry said Wednesday.

"A male American citizen was arrested last night while attempting to swim across the river to North Korea," a ministry spokesman told AFP, adding that he had been handed over to the relevant authorities.

According to the Yonhap news agency, the man told investigators that he had wanted to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

Nobody at the US embassy was immediately available for comment.

A government source, cited by Yonhap, said a border patrol had found the man, in his early 30s, lying exhausted on the southern bank of the Han River where it forms part of the western section of the heavily-militarised North-South frontier.

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