North Korean soldier defects to South by crossing DMZ at night | TheHill – The Hill
A North Korean soldier crossed the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) late Wednesday night and defected to South Korean forces, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said Thursday.
The Washington Post reported that the unidentified soldier made the crossing just before midnight, and was detained along the Imjin River by South Korean forces.
“A South Korean soldier on guard duty first found an unidentified object floating in the river via thermal observation devices, which was later confirmed as a person. The military then took him safely into custody in accordance with due protocol,” an official told Yonhap News Agency.
“The man is an active-duty soldier, and he expressed his desire to defect to the South. Related procedures are underway,” the official added.
It was unclear whether the man was injured during his successful escape, as another North Korean soldier was in 2017 when he led soldiers on a dramatic chase during his successful defection attempt while being shot several times.
The U.S. and North Korea are reportedly in talks to plan a third summit between President TrumpDonald John TrumpComedy Central shoots down Trump Jr. after he joked network should host Democratic debates Booker: If Obama was running for a third term, ‘I wouldn’t be running’ De Blasio releases plan to substantially raise taxes on the rich, corporations MORE and North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnNorth Korean soldier defects to South by crossing DMZ at night North Korea announces test of multiple rocket launcher system Reuniting families is a critical step in diplomacy with North Korea MORE to discuss denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, though no substantive discussions have yet begun following Trump’s historic visit to the DMZ and steps into North Korea.
A second summit between the two leaders earlier this year ended without an agreement to further work towards denuclearization or the reduction of U.S. sanctions being signed.