North Korean soldier makes rare defection to South over land border

A North Korean soldier has defected to the South across the country's heavily guarded land border, the South Korean military said Thursday.

The soldier was now being questioned as to his motive and how he had managed to flee across the eastern end of the demilitarized zone (DMZ), a buffer strip between the two countries.

Many people flee hunger and oppression in North Korea every year, but defections across the DMZ are rare, with most escaping to neighbouring China, and some continuing on to South Korea.

Another soldier defected in June, the first to escape across the land border in several years.

Last update: Thu, 29/09/2016 - 10:22
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