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A N. Korea soldier defects to S. Korea

Publication Date : 06-10-2012


A North Korean soldier today crossed the military demarcation line to defect to South Korea after shooting to death two of his superiors, officials at Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.

He crossed the border at around 12:10 p.m. and expressed his intention for defection to a nearby guard post just south of the heavily fortified border.

"After our troops heard the sound of a gunshot around the border, they found a North Korean soldier expressing his wish to defect and, in turn, allowed him to move to our side," a JCS official told media.

"According to him, while working at his post, he shot to death a platoon leader and a company chief, and walked across the border to defect. Related agencies are now conducting a joint interrogation."

The official added that the vigilance posture has been strengthened near the border and began running the crisis management apparatus, and that as of yet, no unusual movements of the North Korean military have been detected.

The two Koreas still remain technically at war as the 1950-1953 Korean War ended in a truce rather than a peace treaty. Their relationship has deteriorated amid a series of North Korean provocations including the two deadly attacks in 2010, which killed 50 South Koreans including two civilians.


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