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North Korean soldiers, left, look at the South side while U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo visit the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on the border between North and South Korea Friday, Oct. 27, 2017. (Jung Yeon-je/Pool Photo via AP) 

A man from Louisiana was detained Monday morning after he tried to get into North Korea for what authorities called "political purposes," according to a Washington Post report.

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The 58-year-old man, identified only as “A,” was arrested by South Korean forces for crossing the Civilian Control Line, just outside the Demilitarized Zone that separates the two Koreas, the report said.

The man had arrived in South Korea only three days earlier and was spotted by an area resident, who alerted police, the report said.

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