North Korean soldier defects across the DMZ

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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.



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