North Korean soldier defects across the DMZ

epa07182361 South Korean soldiers walk at Arrowhead Ridge, a site of fierce battles in the 1950-53 Korean War, as they and fellow soldiers gather to build a tactical road across the Military Demarcation Line inside the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), in the central section of the inter-Korean border in Cheorwon, Gangwon Province, South Korea, 22 November 2018. The Koreas connected a 3 kilometer-long tactical road across the Military Demarcation Line inside the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on Thursday to support a joint project to excavate Korean War remains at a notorious battle site. EPA-EFE/KIM MIN-HEE / POOL

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South Korea has detained a North Korean soldier who crossed the heavily guarded demilitarised zone (DMZ) that divides the two Koreas.

According to the South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JSC) he was detected by thermal imaging equipment overnight.

The man was first detected late at around midnight on Wednesday near the Imjin river, which flows from North Korea into South Korea across the DMZ on the west of the peninsula.

He was picked up by South Korean troops and taken into military custody.

The unidentified man was an active-duty soldier who expressed interest in defecting to Seoul, said the JCS.

Defections across the DMZ are extremely dangerous and rare.

 

Via BBC/CBS

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