Saturday’s defection comes as the North and South Korea push to implement a wide-ranging military agreement reached in September to reduce tensions across their border.
North Korean soldier defects to South across border
A year ago North Korean soldiers shot and injured a defecting comrade. This time, no such violent response was detected.
A North Korean soldier bolted through a heavily fortified border area to defect to South Korea on Saturday, the second such defection in a little over a year.
However, there has not been any unusual response to the latest border crossing from North Korean troops in the area, South Korean officials said.
Last November, a North Korean soldier was critically wounded in a jointly controlled area after he fled to the South amid a hail of bullets fired by his former comrades.
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N. Korean soldier defects to the South with nary a gun fired, days after N. and S. Korea began taking down their DMZ guard posts. @dasl_yoon
South Korea says the military agreement, which also included creating buffer zones along the Koreas’ land and sea boundaries and a no-fly zone above the border, is an important trust-building step that would help stabilize peace and advance reconciliation between the rivals.
South Korea’s Defense Ministry said Friday that the Korean militaries completed removing 20 front-line guard posts and land mines from a border area where they plan to start their first-ever joint search for remains of soldiers killed during the 1950-53 Korean War.
A North Korean military defector was escorted to safety after making it south of the line that bisects the Koreas, South Korean authorities said
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South Korean soldiers escorted the defector to safety after finding him moving south of the eastern side of the military demarcation line that bisects the Koreas, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.
Although defections across the DMZ are rare, they have sometimes provoked a show of force from North Korea, bringing the risk of escalation in an area swarming with soldiers and weapons.
South Korean troops found a North Korean soldier walking across the Demilitarized Zone and guided him to safety, officials said
Last year North Korean soldiers shot at the defector Oh Chong-song as he raced across the border; he barely escaped with his life and spent months in hospital.
SEOUL, South Korea — A North Korean soldier fled across a heavily fortified border to defect to South Korea early Saturday, the military in Seoul said, just as the rivals began taking steps to reduce military tensions.
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A North Korean soldier has defected to the South by crossing the border in the demilitarised zone (DMZ), where the two countries have been removing fortifications to reduce tensions and build trust.