North Korean soldier shot while defecting to South Korea

by Antonio Miles November 15, 2017, 0:54
North Korean soldier shot while defecting to South Korea

In 1984, North Korean and U.N. Command soldiers traded gunfire after a Soviet citizen defected by sprinting to the South Korean sector of the truce village.

The soldier crossed to South Korea from the North Korean side of the heavily guarded Joint Security Area (JSA) to Freedom House in the South, according to the JCS.

"In the afternoon today, a North Korean soldier defected from a guard post on the North Korean side of the JSA toward our side and our military took him", the Yonhap news agency quoted an unidentified military official as saying. The US has around 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea.

About 30,000 North Koreans have defected to South Korea since the end of the Korean War, but most travel through China.

Areas around Panmunjom were the site of bloodshed and defection attempts by North Koreans in the past, but there have been no such incidents in recent years.

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"He has at least six gunshot wounds on his body and the penetrating wound in the abdomen is the most serious", Lee Cook-Jong told reporters. The soldier, wearing a North Korean People's Army uniform but was not carrying a weapon, jumped out of the vehicle and ran toward the demarcation line that runs through the DMZ.

South Korean military said there was no armed conflict after the incident, but they are "increasing alertness" for a possible provocation from North Korea.

South Korean forces have identified him only as "A" and said the man arrived in the country on Friday. In addition, North Korean soldiers could have fired rifles and pistols when he was trying to cross the MDL. We urge the top brass to get to the bottom of the case involving North Korean soldiers shooting at a fleeing defector and come up with measures to prevent such a mishap in the future.

There has been speculation in both North Korea and the United States that Trump may be feigning unpredictability, emulating former USA president Richard Nixon's "Madman Theory" -whereby enemy countries were tricked into avoiding conflict with the U.S., believing Nixon would be irrational and unpredictable in his response. In September the North carried out its sixth and largest nuclear test, of what it described as a hydrogen bomb.


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