North Korean soldier defects to South Korea at truce village

Frederick Owens
November 15, 2017

"The individual initially took cover near a building on the southern side of the JSA."U.S. and South Korean forces recovered him at about 4 p.m., then took him to Ajou University Medical Center south of Seoul, along with a UNC security escort and translator, it said".

The soldier defected through Panmunjom village, along the Joint Security Area (JSA), which is policed by soldiers from both North Korea and South Korea. Seo said that shortly after, one North Korean soldier was seen crossing toward the South on a jeep.

South Korea's military has strengthened vigilance in the wake of the incident and remains prepared for any situation, the JCS said.

The defection came at a time of heightened tension over North Korea's nuclear weapons program, and could escalate animosities between the rival countries.

He was shot in the shoulder and elbow and was taken to a South Korean hospital, the South's Defense Ministry said. In that short period of time, four North Korean soldiers shot as many as 40 rounds at him.

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The Joint Chiefs of Staff official said he was found collapsed in a pile of fallen leaves and recovered by three South Korean soldiers crawling on their stomachs to his position.

Two American soldiers also were killed in the DMZ by ax-wielding North Korean soldiers in a 1976 brawl over an attempt to trim a poplar tree. We wonder what our military did even when North Korea made a serious provocation again by violating the decades-old cease-fire agreement in the tense border. More than a million mines are believed to be buried inside the zone. They stand only several meters (yards) away from tall South Korean soldiers wearing aviator sunglasses and standing motionless like statues.

The soldier's successful escape makes only the fourth defection by a North Korean soldier through the DMZ in the last three years, the BBC reported. In September the North carried out its sixth and largest nuclear test, of what it described as a hydrogen bomb.

"He then exited the vehicle and continued fleeing south across the line as he was sacked upon by other soldiers from North Korea", the UNC said in a statement.

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