North Korean Soldier Crosses DMZ into South Korea to Defect
David Song, Sept. 30, 2016, 9:59 a.m.
A soldier from North Korea recently made it across the DMZ (De-militarized Zone) in order to officially defect to South Korea yesterday. The soldier was seen by South Korean soldiers who were guarding an outpost of a frontline Army division in Hwacheon, Gangwon Province at around 10 AM, which was reported to the public by the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The soldier was taken into custody immediately. The identity of the man is being withheld for now, but he is a twenty-year-old sergeant from an army regiment posted near the border. The man was seen wearing his North Korean uniform and was unarmed. A military spokesperson commented that the soldier looked ‘extremely malnourished’.
An officer reported that the soldier was moved to a secure location, and is currently being questioned about his motives for crossing the country borders. Although there haven’t been any activity from the North, South Korea has beefed up security.
The last time a soldier defected from North Korea to the South was June 15th, 2015. An officer also commented that there were propaganda loudspeakers nearby where the soldier had defected.