14 Nov '17, 7am

N. Koreans fired 40 rounds at soldier as he defected to South, officials say

N. Koreans fired 40 rounds at soldier as he defected to South, officials say

SEOUL, South Korea — A North Korean soldier defected to the South by driving a military jeep to the line that divides the peninsula, then sprinting across it under a hail of gunfire from his former comrades, officials said Tuesday. The stunning escape in a jointly secured area of the Demilitarized Zone happened at a time of high tensions over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, raising fears the communist state could conduct a provocation after a two-month lull in missile-testing activity. The soldier was airlifted to a hospital south of Seoul after he was found bleeding under a pile of leaves Monday in the truce village of Panmunjom, the only point in the DMZ where both sides come face to face. He was reportedly in critical condition. It was the first shooting in the Joint Security Area since 1984, but U.S. and South Korean forces did not return fire. More than 30,000 ...

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