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WATCH: North Korea Defector Makes Dash For The Border

Footage has been released showing the defection of a North Korean Soldier, after he attempted to cross the border at Panmunjom on November...

North Korea Defector

Footage has been released showing the defection of a North Korean Soldier, after he attempted to cross the border at Panmunjom on November 13th.

The soldier makes a dash for the border whilst being shot at by North Korean troops.

Luckily, he was rescued by South Korean soldiers.

The footage shows that the soldier was shot at least five times before he limps into South Korea.

The defection will be a huge embarrassment for the North, which claims that defection is a result of kidnapping or enticement from the South.

North Korea’s actions during the defector’s escape violate the armistice agreement which ended the Korean war, as soldiers from the North fired across the border, Chad G Carroll, a spokesman for the UN command, told reporters

The video, released by the US-led UN command, shows the soldier speeding down a tree-lined road, headlights on, past dun-coloured fields and shocked North Korean soldiers who begin to run after him.

He crashes the jeep into a ditch near the line that divides North and South and the blue huts familiar to anyone who's toured the area.

It is the part of the border where North and South Korean soldiers face each other at their closest distance just metres apart.

There were no tour groups at the time of the defection, Col Carroll said.

After undergoing two surgeries last week to repair internal organ damage and other injuries, the soldier is now conscious and no longer relies on a breathing machine.

While his condition is improving, doctors plan to keep him in the intensive care unit for at least several more days to guard against possible infections.

While treating the wounds, surgeons removed dozens of parasites from the soldier's ruptured small intestine, including presumed roundworms that were as long as 27cm, which may reflect poor nutrition and health in North Korea's military.

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