Dramatic Video Shows N Korean Soldier Escape Across Border
It was a dramatic escape that probably already has a made-for-tv movie script being written about it already.
Infested with worms, sick of living under communism, a soldier makes a fateful decision to flee to the south.
In a day that played out like an action movie plot, the soldier made a dash for the border in a N Korean jeep as far as he could drive it, and then made a desperate charge under withering gunfire toward freedom.
North Korean border guards were merely steps behind a North Korean soldier when they opened fire at him in a desperate bid to stop him crossing the border to the South Korean side, a video has shown.
The footage also revealed that one of the North Korean soldiers chasing the defector crossed the border, the U.N. Command (UNC) in Seoul said.
The defection, subsequent surgeries and slow recovery of the soldier have riveted South Korea, but it will be a huge embarrassment for the North, which claims all defections are the result of rival Seoul kidnapping or enticing North Koreans to defect. Pyongyang has said nothing about the defection so far.
North Korea’s actions during the defector’s November 13 escape at Panmunjom violated the armistice agreement ending the Korean War because North Korean soldiers fired across and physically crossed the border in pursuit of the soldier, Col. Chad G. Carroll, a spokesman for the UN command, told reporters in a live TV briefing.
The video shows the soldier speeding down a tree-lined road, headlights on, past dun-coloured fields and shocked North Korean soldiers, who begin to run after him.
He crashes the jeep into a ditch near the line that divides North and South and the blue huts familiar to anyone who’s toured the area, which is the part of the border where North and South Korean soldiers face each other at their closest distance just feet apart. There were no tour groups at the time of the defection, Carroll said.
Soldiers from the North sprint to the area, firing handguns and AK rifles – about 40 rounds, the South says – at the defector; one hurries across the dividing line before running back to the northern side. South Korean soldiers then crawl up to the defector, who has fallen injured in a mass of leaves against a small wall. They drag him to safety as North Korean troops begin to gather on their side of the line.
The defector is believed to be an army staff sergeant in his mid-20s who was stationed in the Joint Security Area in the United Nations truce village of Panmunjom, according to Kim Byung-kee, a lawmaker of South Korea’s ruling party, briefed by the National Intelligence Service last week.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
November 22nd, 2017
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