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South Broadcasts Latest North Korean Defection along the Border

SEOUL South Korea has been using border loudspeakers to broadcast details of the sensational defection of the North Korean soldier, who managed to cross the border despite being shot down, army sources said on Sunday.

The broadcasts began soon after the defection of the 24-year-old soldier, named Oh, on Nov. 13, news agency Yonhap reported.

The broadcast can be heard 10-25 kilometers into the North Korean territory and includes details of the desertion and how the soldier was pursued and shot at in violation of the Truce Agreement in effect since the Korean War (1950-1953).

Both countries have been using loudspeakers to broadcast propaganda along the border as part of their psychological warfare, although they had agreed to stop the practice in 2004.

Since then, however, Seoul has used it intermittently, most recently in January 2016, in response to the fourth nuclear test by Pyongyang.

The images of the spectacular and desperate escape of the North Korean soldier, who is recovering in a Seoul hospital after two surgeries, had grabbed global attention.

The soldier was shot at five or six times by North Korean troops while he was running through the Joint Security Area, and was rescued by South Korean soldiers.

The deserter, who was taken out of intensive care on Friday, will be interrogated as soon as he recovers, military sources told Yonhap.

 

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