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The military says a security sensor at the border failed to go off earlier this month when a North Korean man crossed over into South Korea because of a malfunction caused by a loosened screw.
The North Korean was captured on November 4, 14 hours after he jumped over barbed wire fences along the eastern border in Goseong, Gangwon Province.
The defense ministry came under intense scrutiny in the wake of the incident.
Following an inspection, the military said one of the screws inside the sensor control system was loose, apparently due to external factors such as strong winds and rain.
The ministry said it will look into every sensor installed along the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone to make sure they are working properly.
Defense Minister Suh Wook earlier said he does not consider the incident to be another failure in the military's border security operations.
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