North Korean soldier ‘defects across DMZ’

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A North Korean soldier has walked across the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) to defect, the South’s military has said.

The soldier, said to be “low-ranking” appeared at a check point on the western end of the border region shortly after 08:00 on Thursday, said reports in South Korean media.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff, said his intentions were being investigated, Yonhap reports.

It comes weeks after another dramatic defection at the DMZ.

That soldier was shot five times by North Korean guards as he fled across to the southern side of the Joint Security Area (JSA) in the village of Panmunjom.

About 1,000 people from the North flee to the South each year – but very few defect via the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), which is one of the world’s most heavily guarded strips of land.

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