Defecting gymnast escapes North Korea by ‘vaulting 12 foot border wall’

A NORTH KOREAN gymnast has sensationally vaulted over a 12ft barbed wire fence to reach freedom in the south according to reports.

PUBLISHED: 02:05, Wed, Nov 25, 2020 | UPDATED: 02:05, Wed, Nov 25, 2020

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The border, one of the most heavily guarded in the world, is also secured with over two million mines. The escape bid took place earlier this month on November 2.

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According to the Chosun Ilibo the man, in his late 20s, climbed an iron pole and used the height to jump over the border fence.

He was then spotted “loitering” about a mile south of the border by South Korean forces using a thermal observation device.

Having been detained the man, who was wearing civilian clothes, requested political asylum.

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The North Korean told authorities he is a former gymnast and this helped aid his escape.

North KoreaThe gymnast vaulted over a 12ft barbed wire fence (Image: GETTY)

North KoreaNorth and South Korea are separated by a demilitarised zone (Image: GETTY)

However there is confusion on the South Korean side about why the defector didn’t set off any of the censors along the border.

Speaking to the Yonhap news agency an official commented: “We will look into why the sensors did not ring and make sure they operate properly.”

Thousands of North Korean dissidents, who have escaped Kim Jong-un’s brutal regime, currently live in South Korea.

Whilst a few have made it over the South Korean border most reach the country indirectly via China.

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North KoreaKim Jong-un rules North Korea as a dictatorship (Image: GETTY)

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