North Korean soldier shot while successfully defecting to the South
A North Korean soldier takes a photo of a South Korean soldier on guard just behind the military demarcation line that traverses the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjom, 02 June 2017. EPA-EFE FILE/YONHAP SOUTH KOREA OUT
North Korean soldiers stand in the North Korea zone at the Joint Security Area in the Demilitarized Zone in the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, Oct. 27, 2017. EPA-EFE FILE/JEON HEON-KYUN / POOL
Seoul, Nov 13 (efe-epa).- A North Korean soldier succeeded in defecting to the South after he was shot and wounded on Monday by the country's army while defecting through the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
The soldier was taken to a South Korean hospital for treatment, a spokesperson for the Defense Ministry in Seoul told EFE.
The incident occurred at 4pm at the Joint Security Area, the only portion of the DMZ, where troops from the two countries, who have technically been at war for almost 70 years, stand face-to-face.
The JCS said in a brief statement that the South Korean army has increased its alert level in anticipation of possible North Korean provocations.