Tuesday, December 26, 2017

North Korean Soldier Defects Through DMZ

A North Korean soldier defected to South Korea on Thursday through the heavily guarded demilitarized zone separating the two countries, leading to gunfire on both sides of the border, the South Korean military said. The "low ranking" soldier was manning a guard post along the DMZ when he fled through thick fog, the South Korean military's Joint Chiefs of Staff said. The escape follows a similar one last month, in which another North Korean soldier was shot by his colleagues as he successfully fled his DMZ posting.

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In that case, South Korean border guards who heard the gunshots found the soldier 55 yards from the border line that bisects Panmunjom, the so-called truce village in the Joint Security Area, and carried him to safety. Doctors later found dozens of parasitic worms in his digestive system, some as long as 11 inches, which officials said was a sign of the poor hygiene and nutrition afflicting North Korea.

Officials said the soldier who fled Thursday was not fired upon. South Korean soldiers later fired 20 warning shots at North Korean border guards who were searching for the defector, which was followed 40 minutes later by gunfire in the North, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

But it is extremely rare for people to flee across the demilitarized zone. The 2.5-mile-wide DMZ, considered the most heavily fortified border in the world, is guarded by minefields, sentry posts and tall fences topped with barbed wire, some electrified.

The soldier's defection to South Korea on Thursday was the fourth this year, and the gunfire over the episode is certain to raise tensions on the Korean Peninsula just as hopes have grown for a thaw in relations between the South and North.

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#1 | Posted by Corky at 2017-12-23 08:25 PM

This is going to happen more often over the next 6 months, it will be interesting to see what Kim Jong Un does to curb these defections.

#2 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-12-23 08:46 PM

#2 well he'll certainly round up their families for imprisonment, torture and possible execution. That should give folks a 2nd thought.

#3 | Posted by bruceaz at 2017-12-23 09:01 PM

On the new Run-DMZ recording:
-Straight outa Panmunjom
-My Tapeworms
-Kim Jong Illin'
-Christmas in Pyongyang
-That Otto Sick (no, he really is)
-Jam Master Jong
-Hard Times (famine remix)

#4 | Posted by catdog at 2017-12-26 12:02 PM

Supposedly he had an anthrax vaccine is his blood.

#5 | Posted by DavetheWave at 2017-12-27 11:58 AM

Whenever someone starts claiming places without religion are always so much better than those with religion I think of people like this north korean.

#6 | Posted by Tor at 2017-12-27 03:06 PM

Whenever someone starts claiming places without religion are always so much better than those with religion I think of people like this north korean.

#6 | POSTED BY TOR AT 2017-12-27 03:06 PM | REPLY |

North Korea is not a valid example. places WITHOUT RELIGION BY CHOICE are better. FORCED atheism is just another religion just as bad as any other forced religion.

#7 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-12-27 05:24 PM

North Korean's chose to follow Marxism.

State atheism was inevitable.

#8 | Posted by Tor at 2017-12-27 08:55 PM

North Korean's chose to follow Marxism.
State atheism was inevitable.

#8 | POSTED BY TOR AT 2017-12-27 08:55 PM | REPLY |

Then why didn't state atheism happen in all the other marxist states? Cuba is very catholic. East Germany is historically one of the least atheist nations on the planet with almost 95% Christian affiliation. My grandparents are from Croatia. Yugoslavia was marxist but the population was about evenly split between catholic, orthodox christian, and muslim.

Western Democratic Europe has a relatively high concentration of atheists compared to many marxist states.

#9 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-12-28 09:07 AM

Cuba outlawed Christmas.

And East Germany doesn't exist.

#10 | Posted by Tor at 2017-12-28 09:02 PM

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