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Terror label a serious provocation: North Korea

Terror label a serious provocation: North Korea

The shock of soldiers watching the jeep rush by is palpable from the video released Wednesday, and no wonder: They're beginning to realize that one of their comrades is defecting to the South.

A CCTV footage shows a vehicle carrying a North Korean soldier during a United Nations Command (UNC) briefing on the investigation results of the soldierÕs defection, at the South Korean defence ministry in Seoul in this still image taken from a Reuters TV video, November 22, 2017.

One of the North Korean soldiers briefly crossed the Military Demarcation Line that runs through the DMZ, marking the border, before returning to the north side of the JSA.

The defector can be seen limping into South Korean territory before collapsing.

North Korea reacted on Wednesday by calling it a "serious provocation and violent infringement" of the communist regime and referring to the Trump administraion as "heinous gangsters".

The man, thought to be in his 20s, is still in a critical condition in a South Korean hospital after being shot at least five times during his escape. Four other North Korean soldiers are seen running toward him and stopping to shoot at him.

The soldier drove up to the border within the Joint Security Area (JSA) and then sprinted to the other side when his vehicle got stuck in the soft ground.




United Nations officials have released a video showing the moment a North Korean soldier dramatically defected to the south.

The escape is a scene of hope: A North Korean defies all odds in search of a better life. A multinational UNC commission reportedly conducted a "thorough investigation", in which it found North Korea and breached the 1953 armistice agreement that ended the Korean War conflict.

He says the soldier watched "Transformers", "CSI", and "Bruce Almighty", and enjoyed the song "Gee" by popular South Korean female band "Girls' Generation".

After undergoing two surgeries last week to fix internal organ damage and other injuries, the soldier is now conscious and no longer relies on a breathing machine, according to hospital official Shin Mi-jeong.

"The patient will not die", surgeon Lee Cook-jong of South Korea's Ajou University Hospital said, according to the Korea Herald.

"As North Korea continues to threaten global peace and security, we are steadfast in our determination to maximize economic pressure to isolate it from outside sources of trade and revenue while exposing its evasive tactics", said Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinAnalysis: House GOP tax bill adds.3T to the deficit Mnuchin: Comparisons to James Bond villain a compliment Sunday shows preview: GOP gears up for Senate tax reform push MORE.

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