North Korean soldier defects to South Korea, South's military says


Posted at Dec 01 2018 11:00 AM

South Korean soldiers open the gate as the rails which leads to North Korea is seen, inside the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Paju, South Korea, November 30, 2018. Kim Hong-Ji, Reuters 

SEOUL - A North Korean soldier defected to South Korea on Saturday, the South Korean military said, but there were no unusual movements by North Korea's military in response.

The North Korean soldier was spotted moving towards South Korea, and then crossed over a military demarcation line separating the 2 sides, the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said in a statement.

The defection took place after the 2 Koreas removed guard posts along the border in an effort to build trust on the divided peninsula.

Such defections are rare but there have been several over recent years, sometimes raising tension on the heavily fortified border. North Korean soldiers have even shot at defecting colleagues, raising fears of a clash.

The JCS said the soldier would be investigated and that there were no unusual movements on the border.