Earlier this month, a North Korean soldier attempted a daring escape from North Korea. He stole a jeep, made a dash for the border, and was shot several times by his fellow soldiers before he made it across. Now footage of his escape has been published and the images capture his sense of desperation.
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“The United Nations Command (UNC) in South Korea released the video as Kim Jong-un’s regime was accused of violating an armistice agreement put in place in 1953 following the Korean War,” The Daily Mail reports, “by shooting across the border as well as actually crossing the Military Demarcation Line (MDL).”
The unidentified soldier can be seen in the video driving toward the “Bridge of No Return,” a bridge that crosses the Military Demarcation Line (MDL) between North Korea and South Korea.
He busts through a checkpoint. When he crashes the jeep, he continues on foot.
“Part three shows the moments the armistice was seemingly violated,” The Daily mail writes, “when Korean People’s Army (KPA) shoot in the direction of the defector, and one can even be seen crossing the MDL before realizing his mistake and retreating.”
The video concludes with the man being pulled to safety by South Korean soldiers. Reports from South Korea’s government indicate a it was a high-ranking North Korea soldier that fled across the heavily guarded Demilitarized Zone.
The unnamed and unarmed soldier allegedly fled from his guard post on the northern side of the DMZ towards the southern side. The soldier, who was wearing a uniform of a law ranking official, was shot in the elbow and shoulder, according to Business Insider.
There is currently no information as to why the man may have fled to South Korea suddenly. Once the soldier crossed to the southern side of the DMZ, the gunfire stopped.
Fox News reported South Korean officials are prepared for any possible retaliation from North Korea soldiers.
The DMZ, which is a heavily guarded location filled with land mines and barb wire, is a dangerous path for any North Korean to take who wants to defect.
This soldier could have very well been killed by either side. South Korea may have viewed him as a threat, and, as was witnessed, North Korean soldiers have been ordered to shoot any defectors.
According to CBS News, an estimated 30,000 North Koreans have defected from North Korea since the Korean War, but most people fleeing the tyrannical country flee through China.
The North Korea soldier’s actions would be a slap in the face to Jung-Un as he reportedly hand picks each soldier that stands guard near the DMZ. Tensions between North and South Korea have begun to reach a boiling point as North Korea has regularly tested nuclear weapon near South Korea.
President Trump, who recently made a trip to Asia, has been at odds with Jung-Un since he became president. Trump and Jung-Un regularly exchange public barbs in their dangerous game of one-upmanship.