Soldier crosses the line
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.