Published : 2013-08-23 09:39
Updated : 2013-08-23 09:39
A North Korean man was found on Gyodong Island near the western port city of Incheon Friday and is currently under investigation by authorities, military officials said.
"A naked North Korean man arrived in Gyodong Island earlier in the day," a military official said. "He was found by residents at around 3:40 a.m."
The man told residents that he came from the North, the official said. Military and intelligence officials are currently questioning him over the motivation for his defection.
Located in the northernmost part of the Yellow Sea, the island is strategically sensitive as it is close to the de-facto maritime border, the so-called Northern Limit Line (NLL).
Gyodong Island is situated only 20 kilometers south of the 38th parallel and 50 kilometers east of the sites of three major North Korean offshore provocations in the last decade. (Yonhap News)