Dramatic Video Shows North Korean Defector Make Daring Escape

Frederick Owens
November 23, 2017

During the incident, one North Korean soldier appeared to cross the MDL for a few seconds, and then run back towards the northern side of the line.

One of the North Korean soldiers briefly crossed the Military Demarcation Line that runs through the DMZ, marking the border, before returning to the north side of the JSA.

North Korean soldiers were only a few meters away when the defector jumped from the vehicle and fled on foot, scrambling up slightly rising ground to cross the border. Four other North Korean soldiers are seen running toward him and stopping to shoot at him.

Following the release of the dramatic footage behind the escape of a North Korean defector who fled to the South Korean side of the border between the two countries, the United Nations Command (UNC) formally accused North Korea of violating a longstanding agreement between the two countries.

During multiple surgical procedures, doctors found dozens of parasites in his digestive tract, shedding light on the humanitarian crisis in North Korea, even for its soldiers.

The defecting soldier, whose rank and identity have not been disclosed, was critically wounded, having been hit five or six times in the hail of bullets as he made his desperate escape on November 13.

CCTV released by United Nation Command shows the man racing a military jeep into the Joint Security Area in Panmunjom, where soldiers from the South and North watch each other just metres apart.

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Surprisingly, North and South Korean soldiers didn't exchange fire during the shooting, the first in the area in more than three decades. His doctor said Wednesday he is enjoying watching American movies and shows such as "Transformers", "CSI", and "Bruce Almighty", and listening to South Korean pop songs such as "Gee" by popular female band "Girls' Generation".

North Korea has called U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to relist the country as a state sponsor of terrorism a "serious provocation" that justifies its development of nuclear weapons.

After undergoing two surgeries last week to fix internal organ damage and other injuries, the soldier is now conscious and no longer relies on a breathing machine, according to hospital official Shin Mi-jeong.

"The patient is clearly conscious", Lee Cook-jong, the surgeon treating him, told Yonhap News in a press briefing.

The agency said the action by the United States was a "violent infringement" of North Korea's rights and shows it should continue to "firmly grab the treasured nuclear sword" to protect itself from American hostility.

Doctors plan to keep him at an intensive care unit for at least several more days to guard against possible infection, hospital official Shin Mi-jeong said.

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