North Korean soldier (L) and a South Korean soldier stand guard
on the truce village of Panmunjom within the demilitarised zone (DMZ)
separating the 2 Koreas in Paju, about 55 km (34 miles) north
North Korean troopers shot 40 rounds at a comrade
fleeing into South Korea, hitting him 5 instances.
The defector was rescued by South Koreans, who’re
treating him in a hospital.
About 30,000 North Koreans have fled the nation since
the Korean War led to 1953.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Four North Korean troopers fired about
40 rounds at a comrade fleeing into South Korea and hit him 5
instances within the first capturing on the collectively managed space of the
closely fortified border in additional than 30 years, the South’s
navy stated Tuesday.
South Korean troopers didn’t hearth their weapons, however Monday’s
incident occurred at a time of excessive animosity over North Korea’s
nuclear program. The North has expressed intense anger over previous
The soldier is being handled at a South Korean hospital after a
five-hour operation for the gunshot wounds he suffered throughout his
escape throughout the Joint Security Area. His private particulars and
motive for defection are unknown and his precise medical situation
South Korea’s navy stated he suffered accidents in his inside
organs however wasn’t in a life-threatening situation. But the Ajou
University Medical Center close to Seoul stated the soldier was relying
on a respiration machine after the surgical procedure eliminated the bullets. Lee
Guk-jong, a physician who leads Ajou’s medical crew for the soldier,
described his affected person’s situation as “very dangerous” and stated
the following 10 days would possibly decide whether or not he recovers.
On Monday, he first drove a navy jeep however left the car
when one in all its wheels fell right into a ditch. He then fled throughout the
JSA, with fellow troopers chasing and firing at him, South
Korea’s navy stated, citing unspecified surveillance techniques
put in within the space.
Suh Wook, chief director of operations for the South’s Joint
Chiefs of Staff, advised lawmakers that North Korea fired a complete of
about 40 rounds in a capturing that his workplace steered began
whereas the soldier was within the jeep.
The solider was discovered beneath a pile of leaves on the southern
facet of the JSA and South Korean troops crawled there to get well
him. A U.N. Command helicopter later transported him to the Ajou
medical middle, in accordance with South Korean officers.
The North’s official media have not reported the case as of
Tuesday afternoon. They have beforehand accused South Korea of
kidnapping or engaging North Koreans to defect. About 30,000
North Koreans have fled to South Korea, principally through China, since
the top of the 1950-53 Korean War.
The JSA is collectively overseen by the American-led U.N. Command and
by North Korea, with South Korean and North Korean border guards
dealing with one another solely meters (ft) aside. It is positioned inside
the Four-kilometer-wide (2 1/2-mile-wide) Demilitarized Zone, which
types the de facto border between the Koreas because the Korean
War. While each side of the DMZ are guarded by barbed wire
fences, mines and tank traps, the JSA contains the truce village
of Panmunjom which gives the location for uncommon talks and attracts
Monday’s incident was the primary capturing on the Joint Security
Area since North Korean and U.N. Command troopers traded gunfire
when a Soviet citizen defected by sprinting to the South Korean
sector of the JSA in 1984. A North Korean soldier defected there
in 1998 and one other in 2007 however neither of these occasions concerned
gunfire between the rivals, in accordance with South Korea’s navy.
The 1984 trade of gunfire occurred after North Korean troopers
crossed the border and fired, in accordance with the U.N. Command. In
Monday’s incident, it wasn’t recognized if the North continued firing
after the defector was formally within the southern a part of the
Joint Security Area. The U.N. Command stated Tuesday that an
investigation into the incident was underway.
The Joint Security Area was the location of some bloodshed in the course of the
Cold War however there hasn’t been main violence there in current
years. In 1976, North Korean troopers axed two American military
officers to dying and the United States responded by flying
nuclear-capable B-52 bombers towards the DMZ in an try and
intimidate the North.