The U.N. Command says North Korea violated armistice in crossing the border to chase a defector as he dashed to the South Korean side.
North Korean border guards were only steps behind a North Korean soldier when they opened fire and one briefly crossed the border pursuing the wounded defector as he dashed to the South Korean side, a video released on Wednesday (November 22) by the U.N. Command (UNC) in Seoul showed.
The soldier, whose rank and identity have not been disclosed, was flown by a U.S. military helicopter to a hospital on Monday (November 20) after his escape to South Korea in a hail of bullets fired by North Korean soldiers.
An official from U.N. Command (UNC) said North Korea had been informed that it was in violation of the 1953 armistice agreement, which marked the cessation of hostilities in the Korean War.
The UNC official told a news conference that a soldier from the North Korean People's Army (KPA) had crossed the Military Demarcation Line (MDL), the border between the two Koreas, for a few seconds as others fired shots at the defecting soldier. He told reporters that the KPA violated the armistice agreement by firing weapons across the MDL and actually crossing the MDL temporarily.