The soldier from North Korea, whose defection was caught on camera, is now conscious, doctors in South Korea confirm. The United Nations have made the video available in which you can see the man run for his life, a hail of bullets chasing him. The border guards were right behind the defector when they shot him several times.
The defector was identified as a 24-year-old with the family name Oh. He was flown by a US helicopter to a hospital in the south of Seoul. Doctors said the man underwent two operations where they had to extract the bullets and now his condition is stable. They also found dozens of parasites in his body, which points to how bad the situation in North Korea is. Lead surgeon, Lee Cook-Jong, noted he had to remove a 27 cm long parasite from the soldier’s digestive tract. The soldier reportedly showed signs of depression and possible trauma.
While chasing the defector, a North Korean border guard crossed the border with the South for a couple of seconds. This is considered to be a violation of the 1953 Korean War Armistice, which marked the cessation of hostilities between the North and South.
“The KPA violated the armistice agreement by one, firing weapons across the MDL and two, by actually crossing the MDL temporarily,” said Chad Carroll, a U.N. Command spokesperson.
North Korea had been informed on Wednesday that it violated the armistice, according to a UNC official.
The video first shows the man driving an Army Jeep along a road inside the DMZ of the two countries. North Korean soldiers abandoned their posts as soon as they saw what was going on. The defector’s truck got stuck which prompted him to run towards the official boundary between North and South Korea. The border soldiers opened fire, shooting at the defector until they hit him.
A heat-seeking video then shows South Korean soldiers dragging the defector to safety.
This is the first time in ten years that a North Korean soldier has defected by crossing the armed border into the South.
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