(Associated Press) One shouted about God's love as he crossed a frozen river, clutching a Bible. Another swam, drunk and naked. Several US soldiers dashed around land mines.
Time and again, Americans over the years have slipped illegally into poor, deeply suspicious, fervently anti-American North Korea, even as it has become increasingly easy to enter legally as a tourist. It's incomprehensible to many, especially since tens of thousands of desperate North Koreans have crossed in the opposite direction, at great risk.
On Tuesday night, a US citizen apparently tried to swim across a river separating the Koreas, eager to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, local media reported. And on Sunday, a young American who entered as a tourist but then tore up his visa was sentenced to six years of hard labor on charges he illegally entered the country to commit espionage.
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Sneaking into autocratic, cloistered North Korea has proven a strange and powerful temptation for some Americans.