Sol­dier crosses the line

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SOUTH Korea’s mil­i­tary says a North Korean sol­dier has de­fected across the heav­ily for­ti­fied bor­der.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said South Korean sol­diers es­corted the de­fec­tor to safety early yes­ter­day af­ter find­ing him mov­ing south of the east­ern sec­tor of the de­mil­i­tarised zone that bi­sects the Koreas.

The de­fec­tion comes as the North and South Korean mil­i­taries push to re­duce ten­sions across their bor­der.

South Korea’s De­fence Min­istry says the Korean mil­i­taries com­pleted re­mov­ing 20 front­line guard posts and land­mines from a bor­der area where they plan to start their first joint search for re­mains of sol­diers killed dur­ing the 1950-53 Korean War.

De­fec­tions at the heav­ily mil­i­tarised bor­der are rare, with most North Kore­ans who at­tempt to go to the South es­cap­ing via China.

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