SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean border guards have arrested a man from Texas who they believe was attempting to swim across a river to rival North Korea.

A South Korean defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to office policy, says the American was apprehended Tuesday night while on a bank of the Han River in a restricted military area near the border.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported, citing an unidentified government source, that the man told investigators he tried to go to North Korea to meet leader Kim Jong Un. The agency reports the person apparently in his late 20s is a computer repairman from Texas who traveled to South Korea about 10 days ago.

South Korea's defense and intelligence officials couldn't immediately confirm the report.

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