South Korea Blasts News Of Soldier's Survival Into North Korea

South Korea Blasts News Of Soldier's Survival Into North Korea

"The nutritive conditions of the North Korean soldier who recently defected through the Panmunjom were unveiled", the South trumpets in one message, referring to Oh's poor health upon arrival, according to Yonhap News agency.

News of a North Korean soldier's survival after he suffered multiple gunshot wounds during his defection at the DMZ is being blasted into North Korea by way of high-decibel loudspeakers, according to South Korean media.

South Korean military officials will question Oh as soon as he has recovered from his injuries.

The soldier's escape made headlines around the world as he was caught on CCTV driving a vehicle across the heavily guarded Joint Security Area (JSA), the only point in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) where soldiers of the two countries stand face-to-face, and then ran across the military demarcation line under a hail of bullets.

They shot and wounded a fellow North Korean soldier as he fled the hermit kingdom in a jeep earlier this month.

Since the defection, the regime has reportedly replaced all guards stationed at the border.

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The ditch is to the immediate north of the military demarcation line, where the defector abandoned his jeep that had been stuck in a ditch and started running toward the south.

"It was obviously part of punishment for failing their mission to deter the North Korean soldier's escape". U.S. Seventh Air Force said in a news statement reported by news networks that around 12,000 U.S. personnel would participate with South Korean troops while 230 aircraft will be flown at eight U.S. and South Korean military installations.

"This defector's plight is a window onto North Korean life", Brian Hook, director of policy planning and senior policy adviser at the State Department wrote. "North Korea has always punished those responsible for similar failures", he added.

Hook accused China of violating its legal obligations by repatriating North Korean defectors found within its borders.

He said a "vast majority" of North Koreans are subject to worse treatment.

Earlier this month, the USA flew two B-1B supersonic bombers over the Korean Peninsula as part of a joint exercise with Japan and South Korea.

Hook said that the United States would not "sit idly" while the regime in Pyongyang "lawlessly pursues" North Korean defectors and urged other members of the global community to join in the movement to bring about the North's denuclearization.

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