Two people believed to be North Korean asylum-seekers managed to enter the visa-application area of the Japanese Consulate in Shenyang, northeastern China, on Wednesday but were apprehended by trespassing Chinese authorities and dragged out.

The two were among a group of five asylum-seekers who tried to enter the compound. The other three were detained by Chinese authorities outside of the consulate gate.

Meanwhile, two other North Korean asylum-seekers successfully entered the nearby U.S. Consulate in the capital of Liaoning Province.